Duke Ellington

Rockin in Rhythm, Vol. 10: Duke Ellington, 1930-1931

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One of many EPM discs chronicling Ellington's early years from the late '20s to the early '30s, Rockin' in Rhythm finds the Duke and company working through a mixed bag of classic sides and novelty vocals. Many alternate takes abound, with three versions of "Them There Eyes" and "I'm So in Love With You" and two of "When a Black Man's Blue" and "Mood Indigo." A good chunk of this material was cut for Victor and spotlights the group making the jump from its somewhat straightforward Cotton Club set pieces to the sophisticated swing Ellington forged in the first half of the '30s. The versions of the title track and "Ring Dem Bells" heard here represent some of the best of the band's mature charts. And while the sound quality is fine, too, this disc is still best suited for Ellington completists. Those in search of an introductory disc are directed to Bluebird's Early Ellington or ABC's Swing 1930-1938.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Jungle Band
2:57
2
feat: Jungle Band
2:59
3 2:47
4 3:13
5 3:04
6 2:51
7 3:06
8 3:19
9 2:56
10 3:10
11 3:22
12 3:23
13 3:34
14 2:53
15 3:10
16 3:01
17 2:46
18 2:56
19 3:02
20 3:08
21 3:07
22 3:00
23 3:00
24 2:52
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