Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

1927-1928

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As usual with the Classics series, the music on this CD is released complete and in chronological order, covering the music originally released by several record labels but without including alternate takes. In the case of Duke Ellington, because he would frequently record the same song slightly rearranged on several occasions for different companies, there are multiple versions of some titles on this CD, but the alternate versions that he made for the labels have been left out. During the very important period covered by this disc, the Duke Ellington Orchestra (having recently found their sound) was hired by the Cotton Club as the house band and they hit the big time. Certainly it is obvious that they deserved fame since this set has classic versions of such songs as "Creole Love Call" (famous for being the first entirely wordless vocal, featuring Adelaide Hall), "Black and Tan Fantasy," their theme song "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo," "Jubilee Stomp," and other hot numbers. Featured along the way are such greats as trumpeter Bubber Miley, trombonist Joe Tricky Sam Nanton, and altoist Otto Hardwick.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:51
2 3:11
3 3:04
4 3:08
5 2:59
6 3:10
7 3:16
8 2:45
9 2:43
10 3:30
11 3:09
12 2:52
13 3:15
14 2:52
15 2:50
16 2:37
17 3:10
18 2:43
19 3:14
20 2:52
21 2:32
22 2:36
23 2:35
24 2:42
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