This two-LP set is an excellent sampling of Duke Ellington's music as originally released on Impulse. In addition to selections featuring Ellington in small groups with Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane, there are performances by groups led by Johnny Hodges, McCoy Tyner, Ben Webster, Earl Hines, Clark Terry, Lawrence Brown and Paul Gonsalves. Careful selection resulted in the most exciting recordings being included. It's a fine introduction to Ellington's legacy, as mostly heard through the interpretations of others.
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