Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

1938, Vol. 1

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1938 was a very busy year for Duke Ellington in the recording studios, whether making classics with his big band or being the pianist and organizer of sessions allegedly led by his sidemen. This disc has plenty of big-band sides and combo dates led by clarinetist Barney Bigard, trumpeter Cootie Williams, and altoist Johnny Hodges. Most notable among the selections are "Stepping Into Swing Society," "Echoes of Harlem," "The Gal From Joe's," "I Let a Song Go out of My Heart," and "Jeep's Blues," but there are no throwaways among these three-minute gems.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:09
2 2:36
3 2:44
4 2:27
5 3:02
6 2:47
7 3:03
8 3:15
9 3:14
10 2:48
11 2:56
12 2:56
13 2:58
14 2:42
15 3:08
16 2:43
17 2:25
18 2:54
19 2:57
20 3:03
21 3:00
22 2:33
23 2:43
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