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 29, 1899 in Washington D.C.
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s
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||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 Great Summit: The Master Tapes (Remastered)||3:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rhapsody In Blue||Recollections of the Big Band Era||4:48||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Don't Get Around Much Anymore||The Essential Duke Ellington||3:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||In a Sentimental Mood||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||4:16||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||In a Sentimental Mood||Prime (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||4:16||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Jingle Bells (Robbie Hardkiss Remix)||Christmas Remixed - Holiday Classics Re-Grooved||3:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||In a Sentimental Mood||Love Jones (The Music)||4:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||In a Sentimental Mood||Coltrane for Lovers||4:17||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Feeling of Jazz||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||5:33||$1.29||View in iTunes|