Duke Ellington's Finest Hour

Duke Ellington

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Duke Ellington's Finest Hour Review

by Thom Jurek

Perhaps the most beautiful thing about this entry in Verve's Finest Hour series is that it covers 46 years in Ellington's career, from the very beginning of his recording career in 1926, to the very end in 1972. There are brilliant stops along the way with the Blanton/Webster edition of the band, and many of the '30s versions of his classics as well. Both parts of "Creole Rhapsody" are here, as are rather unexpected entries like "Stompy Jones," and "Self Portrait (Of a Bean)." There are better collections to be sure, but this is not one to discount for its cheesy title or for its sound, which is exceptionally good.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Kentucky Club Orchestra 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
2 Duke Ellington feat: The Washingtonians 03:19 SpotifyAmazon
3 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
4 Duke Ellington 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
5 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
6 Duke Ellington feat: Jungle Band 03:27 SpotifyAmazon
7 Duke Ellington feat: Jungle Band 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
8 Duke Ellington 02:58 SpotifyAmazon
9 Duke Ellington feat: Jungle Band 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
10 Duke Ellington feat: Jungle Band 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
11 Duke Ellington feat: Johnny Hodges 06:39 SpotifyAmazon
12 Duke Ellington feat: Coleman Hawkins 03:54 SpotifyAmazon
13 Duke Ellington feat: John Coltrane 04:16 SpotifyAmazon
14 Duke Ellington 04:56
15 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:29
16 Duke Ellington 04:45
17 Duke Ellington 02:52
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