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a revelation...

I first encountered a few of these tracks on a Columbia Special Products album in the 99 cent bins (ask yr grandparents). This album is the one to start with if you are a jazz neophyte & want to hear Classic Jazz. Duke on piano, Harry Carney (on "Pyramid"), & Johnny Hodges (on any number) explode the Lawrence Welk rep of 'Big Band Music'. If you can listen to Cootie Williams work on "Echoes of Harlem" & not believe that a soul speaks, check your pulse!
This is one of the essential recordings.


Born: April 29, 1899 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years. The two aspects of his career were related; Ellington used his band as a musical laboratory for his new compositions and shaped his writing specifically to showcase the talents of his bandmembers, many of whom remained with him for long periods. Ellington also wrote film scores and stage musicals, and several of his instrumental works...
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