Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington: Complete Columbia and RCA Victor Sessions

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When BMG issued the Never No Lament sides, a triple-CD package finally remastered with all the right stuff, it would have seemed that the jazz punters finally had a definitive version of the classic Jimmy Blanton/Ben Webster edition of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. Not so. Spain's Definitive Classics has just issued an audiophile version of the set with an extra disc of the material the Blanton-Webster Band recorded for Columbia. What is contained here includes not only the orchestra sides, but all of the small-unit groups, as well. Hardcore collectors will no doubt have this material in various forms, since all that is featured here are master takes, but it is convenient to have all of them in one place with finely remastered sound -- there is some minor noise on these transfers, but the music contains its full fidelity. These 88 tracks offer, finally, a definitive view of the band at its most poignant, and powerful.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Ben Webster
3:02
2
feat: Ben Webster
3:06
3
feat: Ben Webster
3:07
4 3:00
5 3:12
6 3:24
7 2:58
8 2:32
9 2:43
10 2:50
11 3:22
12 3:19
13 3:19
14 3:19
15 2:55
16 3:00
17 3:21
18 2:56
19 3:14
20 3:20
21 3:22
22 2:52

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:11
2 3:23
3 3:01
4 2:51
5 3:32
6 2:51
7 3:27
8 3:27
9 3:14
10 3:18
11 3:20
12 3:09
13 3:24
14 3:03
15 3:27
16 3:35
17 2:47
18 3:11
19 3:07
20 3:27
21 3:05
22 2:50

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:30
2 3:15
3 3:18
4 3:27
5 3:22
6 2:59
7 3:36
8 3:32
9 3:25
10 3:25
11 3:28
12 3:08
13 3:38
14 3:35
15 2:56
16 3:24
17 3:03
18 3:13
19 2:56
20 3:18
21 3:03
22 3:15

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:20
2 3:21
3 3:16
4 3:11
5 3:09
6 2:34
7 2:50
8 3:18
9 2:58
10 3:12
11 2:41
12 3:02
13 3:29
14 2:53
15 3:12
16 3:16
17 2:53
18 2:44
19 2:37
20 3:06
21 3:00
22 2:38
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