Duke Ellington's Finest Hour
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Perhaps the most beautiful thing about this entry in Verve's Finest Hour series is that it covers 46 years in Ellington's career, from the very beginning of his recording career in 1926, to the very end in 1972. There are brilliant stops along the way with the Blanton/Webster edition of the band, and many of the '30s versions of his classics as well. Both parts of "Creole Rhapsody" are here, as are rather unexpected entries like "Stompy Jones," and "Self Portrait (Of a Bean)." There are better collections to be sure, but this is not one to discount for its cheesy title or for its sound, which is exceptionally good.
Born: April 30, 1899 in Washington D.C.
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s
Top Albums and Songs by Duke Ellington
||In a Sentimental Mood||The Very Best of John Coltrane||4:16||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)||The Duke: The Columbia Years (1927-1962)||3:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Take the "a" Train||Best of Duke Ellington||3:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Jeep's Blues||The Duke: The Columbia Years (1927-1962)||4:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy)||Three Suites||3:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Satin Doll||The Duke: The Columbia Years (1927-1962)||3:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rhapsody In Blue||Recollections of the Big Band Era||4:48||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||In a Sentimental Mood||Love Jones (The Music)||4:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)||The Brunswick Sessions, Vol. 1||3:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mood Indigo||Best of Duke Ellington||2:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|