Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

1930

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Despite the rise of the Depression, Duke Ellington's orchestra was able to continue a hectic recording schedule, cutting the 23 selections on this CD (which are all master takes) within a four-and-a-half-month schedule. Some of the numbers are remakes or pop songs of the era (though those are usually excellent) and there are vocals by Irving Mills, Frank Marvin, and Dick Robertson that are not up to the level of Ellington's instrumentalists, but there are also such gems along the way as "When You're Smiling" (featuring Freddy Jenkins' trumpet), "Maori," "Sweet Jazz of Mine," "Jungle Nights in Harlem," and particularly "Shout 'Em Aunt Tillie."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:45
2 3:10
3 3:04
4 2:40
5 2:40
6
feat: Jungle Band
3:10
7
feat: Jungle Band
3:15
8
feat: Jungle Band
3:15
9 3:24
10 3:20
11 3:16
12 2:58
13 3:02
14 3:03
15 2:59
16 3:05
17 2:54
18 3:24
19 2:57
20 2:44
21 3:02
22 3:04
23 2:53
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