Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

1928

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During 1928, the main stars of Duke Ellington's orchestra (in addition to the leader/pianist/composer/arranger) were trumpeter Bubber Miley, trombonist Joe Tricky Sam Nanton, clarinetist Barney Bigard, and (starting in June) altoist Johnny Hodges. All of the master takes (including ones for different labels) are being reissued in the Classics series. This disc is highlighted by "Black Beauty" (particularly Ellington's solo piano version), the heated "Hot and Bothered" (featuring guest guitarist Lonnie Johnson and singer Baby Cox), "Louisiana," and "I Can't Give You Anything but Love." Two songs feature singer Ozie Ware backed by a small combo taken from Ellington's big band. This CD has plenty of timeless classics, most of which are also available in other reissue programs.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:05
2 2:52
3 2:34
4 2:56
5 2:47
6 2:52
7
feat: Irving Mills
2:51
8
feat: Irving Mills
3:04
9 3:00
10 2:48
11 3:12
12 3:02
13
feat: Baby Cox
3:15
14 2:49
15 2:44
16 2:53
17 3:08
18 2:58
19 3:13
20 3:31
21
feat: Ozie Ware
2:53
22
feat: Ozie Ware
3:00
23 3:03
24 3:20
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