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The Essential Duke Ellington [Sony]

The Essential Duke Ellington [Sony]

by Duke Ellington Duke Ellington


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The Essential Duke Ellington, a two-CD set, differs from previous Columbia/Legacy Duke Ellington reissues in that the music is drawn not only from Sony's vaults but from BMG's vaults, too. Four selections are from the 1920s, 20 date from the 1930s, seven are from the 1940s, and the final six were recorded between 1950 and 1960. Is this an essential acquisition? Most Ellington collectors will already have all of these performances in more complete fashion, while general collectors should realize that this two-fer does not cover Ellington's final 14 years and largely overlooks most of the highlights from the 1950s. However if it is found at a budget price, this set can act as a decent introduction to the remarkable Ellington. Among the many highlights are "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo," "Hot And Bothered," "Rockin' In Rhythm," "It Don't Mean a Thing," "Caravan," "Mood Indigo," "Cotton Tail," and the 1950s version of "Perdido," plus four small-group items (headed by Ellington's sidemen) from the '30s.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998928121
catalogNumber: 89281
Rank: 41334


Disc 1

  1. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  2. Black and Tan Fantasy
  3. Take It Easy
  4. Hot and Bothered
  5. The Mooche
  6. Rockin' in Rhythm
  7. Creole Rhapsody
  8. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  9. Creole Love Call
  10. Sophisticated Lady
  11. Drop Me Off in Harlem
  12. Solitude
  13. In a Sentimental Mood
  14. Back Room Romp
  15. Clouds in My Heart
  16. Echoes of Harlem
  17. Caravan
  18. Blue Reverie
  19. Diminuendo in Blue
  20. Crescendo in Blue

Disc 2

  1. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
  2. Pyramid
  3. Prelude to a Kiss
  4. Tired Socks
  5. Mood Indigo
  6. Ko Ko
  7. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  8. Cotton Tail
  9. Take the "A" Train
  10. Harlem Air-Shaft
  11. Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear from Me
  12. Satin Doll
  13. Perdido
  14. Come Sunday
  15. Jeep's Blues
  16. Black Beauty
  17. Arabesque Cookie

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader,Tom-Tom
Lonnie Johnson   Guitar
Hibbler   Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Louie Bellson   Drums
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin,Cornet
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Jabbo Smith   Trumpet
Aaron Bell   Bass
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Rick Henderson   Alto Saxophone
Louis Metcalf   Trumpet
Booty Wood   Trombone
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Bamboo Whistle
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Ivie Anderson   Vocals
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Jimmy Blanton   Bass
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Hayes Alvis   Bass,String Bass
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Butch Ballard   Drums
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone
Fred Guy   Banjo,Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Rudy Jackson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Freddy Jenkins   Trumpet
Claude Jones   Trombone
Wendell Marshall   Bass
John Sanders   Trombone
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Juan Tizol   Tambourine,Valve Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Wardell Jones   Trumpet
Billy Taylor   Bass,String Bass
Baby Cox   Vocals
Brick Fleagle   Guitar
Francis Williams   Trumpet
Otto Hardwick   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Fred Avendorf   Drums
Wilber Bascombe   Trumpet
Andres Meringuito   Trumpet
Jack Maisel   Drums
Bass Edwards   Tuba
Eddie Mullins   Trumpet
Harold Grimes   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Loren Schoenberg   Liner Notes
Irving Mills   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer
B. Russell   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger,Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
J.J. Hodges   Composer
Abe Vélez   Packaging Manager
R. Stewart   Composer

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