Duke Ellington

The Alternative Takes, Vol. 4: 1933-1936

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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell

This series is of immense value to consumers of the French Classics CD series. These are alternate takes, in chronological order, of historic jazz (and some blues), with a strong representation of the swing era. Vol. 4: 1933-1936 -- The Alternative Takes, contains 25 Duke Ellington tracks on a single disc, including multiple versions of "Blackbird Medley," along with single takes of "Drop Me off at Harlem," "Moonlight Fiesta (Puerto Rican Chaos"), and "Harlem Speaks." While the disc is definitely directed toward collectors, anyone with an interest in this period of jazz will also enjoy it.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Duke Ellington 02:53 Amazon
2 Duke Ellington 03:37 Amazon
3 Duke Ellington 03:03 Amazon
4 Duke Ellington 03:03 Amazon
5 Duke Ellington 03:09 Amazon
6 Duke Ellington 03:16 Amazon
7 Duke Ellington 02:45 Amazon
8 Duke Ellington 03:12 Amazon
9 Duke Ellington 03:16 Amazon
10 Duke Ellington 02:48 Amazon
11 Duke Ellington 02:31 Amazon
12 Duke Ellington 03:08 Amazon
13 Duke Ellington 02:58 Amazon
14 Duke Ellington 03:27 Amazon
15 Duke Ellington 02:58 Amazon
16 Duke Ellington 03:12 Amazon
17 Duke Ellington 03:29 Amazon
18 Duke Ellington 02:52 Amazon
19 Duke Ellington 02:46 Amazon
20 Duke Ellington 02:48 Amazon
21 Duke Ellington 03:05 Amazon
22 Duke Ellington 02:32 Amazon
23 Duke Ellington 03:24 Amazon
24 Duke Ellington 03:18 Amazon
25 Duke Ellington 03:00 Amazon
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