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Duke's Men 2
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Ellingtonian small-group sessions were informal, laidback affairs that gave solo space (and leader credits) to his great stars such as Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, and Rex Stewart. It says volumes about Duke Ellington t... more »
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Ellingtonian small-group sessions were informal, laidback affairs that gave solo space (and leader credits) to his great stars such as Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, and Rex Stewart. It says volumes about Duke Ellington that these "secondary" pursuits, these respites from the demands of the big band, are actually some of the most rewarding examples of small-band swing ever recorded. These two CDs are culled from 1938 and 1939, and form a worthy addendum to Columbia's first volume. The exotic "Wanderlust" (with Hodges on soprano) and the sexy "Jeep's Blues" both debuted here and would become staples of the big band, while obscure Ellington-penned gems like "I'm in Another World," with Hodges at his most sublime, make their only recorded appearance in this set. This setting also allowed for oddball interpretations of age-old standards like "Ol' Man River," played uptempo and with great humor (and goofy new lyrics), starring Cootie Williams's trumpet growl. --Marc Greilsamer
Excellent overview of 1930s Ellington
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Duke Ellington was a genius, and these two compact discs show how his musical style was developing in the 1930s. Highlights include "Carnival in Caroline" and a swinging version of "Ol' Man River". While perhaps not as groundbreaking as some of Ellington's later work, he still brings his unique style and talents to the material."
Sound is not good.
Slaninka Frantisek | Bratislava Slovakia | 12/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Great music on this double cd is destroyed by volume.
It is too low.
And note: Sound quality of Wanderlust is worse than on French Classic label.
The Jeep Is Jumpin' is not complete. First bass touch missing on original Columbia cd!!!!
On French Classic label is whole version.
I'm waiting for better new edition of this perfect music."