The Duke 1940, Vol. 2
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The Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1940 may not have been as popular with the general public as that of Glenn Miller, but they were one of the great big bands of all time. The best way to acquire their music is to get all of the alternate takes, which are available through RCA/Bluebird, but the Classics series has done a fine job of reissuing all of the master takes. This particular disc has a small-group session apiece led by altoist Johnny Hodges and cornetist Rex Stewart along with nine songs from the big band. Among the gems are "In a Mellotone," "Five O'Clock Whistle," "Warm Valley" (heard twice), "Daydream," and "Linger Awhile." In addition, the four classic Jimmy Blanton-Duke Ellington bass-piano duets (which include "Pitter Panther Patter" and "Mr. J.B. Blues") are included and find Blanton sounding quite futuristic, almost like Charles Mingus 15 years later.
Born: 29 April 1899 in Washington D.C.
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s
Top Albums and Songs by Duke Ellington
||In a Sentimental Mood||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||4:18||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Take the "A" Train (Live)||70th Birthday Concert (Live)||5:47||1,29 €||View In iTunes|
||The Feeling of Jazz||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||5:35||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||My Little Brown Book||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||5:24||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Stevie||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||4:25||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|
||Big Nick||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||4:28||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Take the Coltrane||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||4:45||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Angelica||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||6:03||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Take the 'A' Train||The Great American Big Bands||2:58||0,99 €||View In iTunes|