Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

1937

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In addition to seven selections by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, this interesting CD has a number released by Ivie Anderson's name ("The Old Plantation") and small-group dates full of Ellington stars but led by Cootie Williams, Barney Bigard, and Johnny Hodges, plus four numbers by the Gotham Stompers (which mixes together Ellington and Chick Webb sidemen). No matter who is leading the particular group, Ellington is very much under control, often using the more spontaneous combo settings as a way of trying out new tunes. Among the more memorable selections are "Blue Reverie," "Whispering Tiger" (which is really "Tiger Rag"), "Caravan," and "Azure."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:54
2 2:44
3 2:52
4 2:56
5 2:45
6 2:50
7 3:01
8 3:04
9 2:57
10 3:01
11 2:45
12 2:40
13 3:03
14 2:45
15 2:53
16 2:45
17 2:39
18 2:40
19 2:35
20 2:41
21 3:14
22 3:00
23 3:05
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