Duke Ellington

Echoes of the Jungle 1931-1932, Vol. 12

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Recorded at various points throughout 1931 and 1932, just after the Duke Ellington orchestra had ended its long-running engagement at Harlem's Cotton Club, these sides display the extent of band's maturation over the previous four years. There's a nod to the still-popular "jungle" genre in "Echoes of the Jungle," but in tracks like the two versions of "Lazy (Swanee) Rhapsody," with their lush Barney Bigard clarinet solos, and the ethereal "Mistery Song," Ellington is obviously working from an expanded musical palette. Exuberant takes of "Bugle Call Rag," "Limehouse Blues," and "Dinah" show that the Ellington outfit, despite its increasing musical sophistication, still had a dance band's soul.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:13
2 3:29
3 3:12
4 3:15
5 3:14
6 2:59
7 3:12
8 3:19
9 3:16
10 7:43
11 3:12
12 3:05
13 2:45
14 7:45
15 2:55
16 3:06
17 4:31
18 4:32
19 4:10
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