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: 29 April 1899 in Washington D.C.
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s
Top Albums and Songs by Duke Ellington
||It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) [1990 Remastered Version]||Essential||3:58||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
||The 'c' Jam Blues||Jazz Greats Vol. 1||2:41||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)||The Great Summit: The Master Tapes (Remastered)||3:58||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
||Jeep's Blues (Live)||Live At the Blue Note (1994 Remix)||3:50||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
||Tenderly (Live)||Live At the Blue Note (1994 Remix)||5:30||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
||Take the a Train||The Duke Ellington Songs (40 Best Tracks Remastered)||2:53||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Don't Get Around Much Any More||Manhattan Jazz||3:33||0,69 €||View in iTunes|
||Don't Mean a Thing||DJ Yoda's How to Cut and Paste: The Thirties Edition||1:45||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Mood Indigo||Cotton Club Stomp 1927-1931||2:56||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Tutti for Cootie||The Great Paris Concert||4:46||1,29 €||View in iTunes|