Duke Ellington

Sophisticated Lady [BMG]

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Sophisticated Lady [BMG] Review

by Scott Yanow

This BMG reissue contains 19 Duke Ellington recordings from 1940-42 and 1945-46 and serves as a good introduction to Ellington's music of that era although veteran collectors will already have the material. Among the gems are the original version of "Take the 'A' Train," "I Got It Bad," "Perdido," "Caravan," a rendition of "It Don't Mean a Thing" that uses the voices of Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis and Marie Ellington and "St. Louis Blues."

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:18 Amazon
2 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:19 Amazon
3 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
4 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:34 Amazon
5 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:18 Amazon
6 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:53 Amazon
7 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:09 Amazon
8 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:38 Amazon
9 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
10 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:48 Amazon
11 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
12 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:03 Amazon
13 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:01 Amazon
14 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:41 Amazon
15 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:05 Amazon
16 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:04 Amazon
17 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:06 Amazon
18 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:22 Amazon
19 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:00 Amazon
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