Duke Ellington

The Uncollected Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, Vol. 5 (1947)

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The final volume in this very worthy five-LP series of radio transcriptions, this set features the 1947 Duke Ellington Orchestra on plenty of material not generally associated with Ellington, including "How High the Moon," "Royal Garden Blues" and "Embraceable You." The whole series casts a new light on this often neglected period in his career and there are more highlights than one can list. For two, try these versions of "Jumpin' Punkins" and "Jump for Joy."