Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

1937, Vol. 2

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During the period covered by this CD, the Duke Ellington Orchestra recorded nine performances (including vocal and instrumental versions of "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm") while combos led by Johnny Hodges, Barney Bigard, Rex Stewart, and Cootie Williams that were mostly filled with Ellington all-stars accounted for 14 other selections. Duke was overseeing everything while letting his star sidemen stretch out, and the result was a steady stream of fresh and high-quality recordings that both fit into the mainstream of swing and stood apart from other bands. Among the more memorable selections on this set (which contains quite a few obscurities) are "The Back Room Romp," "Tea and Trumpets," the remarkable "Harmony in Harlem," and the original versions of "Diminuendo in Blue" and "Crescendo in Blue."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:31
2 3:10
3 2:44
4 2:27
5 2:43
6 2:44
7 2:49
8 2:35
9 2:54
10 2:50
11 2:35
12 2:38
13 2:34
14 2:47
15 2:58
16 2:50
17 3:20
18 3:10
19 3:08
20 2:50
21 2:57
22 2:57
23 2:37
blue highlight denotes track pick