Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

1945-1946

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There is a lot of intriguing music on this CD, which features Duke Ellington's postwar orchestra. "Dancers in Love" (from "Perfume Suite") and "Carnegie Blues" (from "Black, Brown and Beige") managed to catch on as individual pieces, "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" and "Just Squeeze Me" were hits, and both "Tonk" and "Drawing Room Blues" showcased the piano duo of Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. A few numbers are V-Discs, including a brief version of "C Jam Blues" that features the combined orchestras of Duke Ellington and Woody Herman (his First Herd). Among the changes in personnel were Russell Procope taking over for the retiring Otto Hardwick on alto and clarinet and Oscar Pettiford succeeding Junior Raglin on bass. This underrated music ranks with some of Duke's best work.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:57
2 3:02
3 2:18
4 2:49
5 2:45
6 2:45
7 3:11
8 2:54
9 2:45
10 2:45
11 3:35
12 4:56
13 2:19
14 4:40
15 3:02
16 2:46
17 2:58
18 3:23
19 3:07
20 3:20
21 2:41
22 2:45
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