Duke Ellington

Complete, Vol. 8: 1937

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A continuing French CBS definitive reissue series of Duke Ellington's '30s recordings for its labels, this two-LP set sticks to the first half of 1937. Highlighted by small-group sessions from Cootie Williams and his Rug Cutters, Barney Bigard's Jazzopators and the first part of Johnny Hodges initial session as a leader, there are many gems among even the obscurities.