The Essential Duke Ellington
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The Essential Duke Ellington, a two-CD set, differs from previous Columbia/Legacy Duke Ellington reissues in that the music is drawn not only from Sony's vaults but from BMG's vaults, too. Four selections are from the 1920s, 20 date from the 1930s, seven are from the 1940s, and the final six were recorded between 1950 and 1960. Is this an essential acquisition? Most Ellington collectors will already have all of these performances in more complete fashion, while general collectors should realize that this two-fer does not cover Ellington's final 14 years and largely overlooks most of the highlights from the 1950s. However if it is found at a budget price, this set can act as a decent introduction to the remarkable Ellington. Among the many highlights are "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo," "Hot And Bothered," "Rockin' In Rhythm," "It Don't Mean a Thing," "Caravan," "Mood Indigo," "Cotton Tail," and the 1950s version of "Perdido," plus four small-group items (headed by Ellington's sidemen) from the '30s.
Finally available on iTunes. This is easily the best Ellington collection; hit versions of his biggest songs, spanning record labels and decades. There are so many bunk hits collections on iTunes, it's nice to finally see something legit available. I've been waiting.
Born: April 29, 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|
||The Feeling of Jazz||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||5:29||$1.29||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|
||My Little Brown Book||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||5:19||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Jeep's Blues||The Duke: The Columbia Years (1927-1962)||4:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rhapsody In Blue||Recollections of the Big Band Era||4:48||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Take the Coltrane||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||4:42||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Angelica||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||5:53||$1.29||View In iTunes|
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- Genres: Jazz, Music, Easy Listening, Swing, Big Band
- Released: Jun 27, 2005
- ℗ Originally Released Prior To 1972. All rights reserved by Universal. Originally Recorded 1940, 1941, 1966. All rights reserved by BMG Music. Originally Released 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1952, 1956, 1958,