Duke Ellington

Complete, Vol. 10: 1937-1938

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The majority of this volume from French CBS's complete reissue of Duke Ellington's '30s recordings focuses on the many rewarding small-group sessions led by his sidemen (and actually directed by Ellington). Cootie Williams, Barney Bigard and Johnny Hodges all get their chances to act as leaders while the big band is heard on such selections as "The New Black and Tan Fantasy" and "I Let a Song Go out of My Heart."