A disc with a title like this always seems to be open to scrutiny and usually comes up far short of what the title boasts. But this one takes all its hits ("Take the 'A' Train," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Caravan," "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Caravan," "Perdido," "Things Ain't What They Used to Be," "Sophisticated Lady," "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good," "'C' Jam Blues," and "In a Mellotone," just for starters) from recordings made between 1940 and 1941, prime years for the Ellington organization. Great liner notes and lots of recording and personnel information, this one delivers over an hour and ten minutes of superlative American music by a true master. Essential in any collection, jazz or otherwise.
AllMusic Review by Cub Koda
feat: Duke Ellington Orchestra