Duke Ellington

Black Beauty, Vol. 3

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The Ellington sound the world would come to know & love blossomed in the late 1920s, before the Swing Era took center stage in America's pop/jazz music development. Leading the way there were band leaders Fletcher Henderson, Paul Whiteman and Duke Ellington. Here was the Orchestra's "jungle sound"--a sultry blend of eerily elegant melodies, weaved from a unique blend of brass and reeds. The band pointed the way for swing--note the danceable "Harlem River Quiver" and "Blue Bubbles." This music was the bridge between the '20s hot jazz styles and big band swing, with the accent on the Duke's singular style in writing specifically for the strengths of his players. This set presents different versions of some Ellington classics, like "Black and Tan Fantasy," so fans and scholars can hear them as works in progress--as well as enjoy an "alternate take" of a great tune. Who says you can't have too much of a good thing?

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:09
2 3:13
3 2:44
4 3:15
5 2:50
6 2:50
7 2:37
8 3:07
9 2:40
10 3:12
11 2:37
12 2:53
13 2:50
14 2:31
15 2:31
16 3:01
17 3:00
18 2:37
19 2:39
20 2:51
21 2:32
22 2:56
23 2:48
24 2:52
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