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Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
Duke Ellington was at the height of his popularity during the 1940s; at the same time, he was enjoying a creative peak and fronting one of the finest organizations he'd ever assembled, including trumpeters Cootie Williams,... more »
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Duke Ellington was at the height of his popularity during the 1940s; at the same time, he was enjoying a creative peak and fronting one of the finest organizations he'd ever assembled, including trumpeters Cootie Williams, Ray Nance, and later Rex Stewart and Harold "Shorty" Baker, trombonists Lawrence Brown, Tricky Sam Nanton, and Tommy Dorsey, saxophonists Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster, Jimmy Blanton and Oscar Pettiford on bass, and drummers Sonny Greer and Sid Catlett. The material here includes Ellington's famous versions of "Take the 'A' Train," "Caravan," "The 'C' Jam Blues," "Mood Indigo," and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." --John Swenson
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F. Kelly | Atlanta, GA USA | 04/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Duke Ellington's output was so massive, and so excellent, that starting an Ellington libary can be intimidating to the novice fan. This is a great place to begin. These tracks, recorded over five incredible years, show Ellington at one the many peaks in his career. Every track is a classic, and the diversity of the styles give a glimpse of how inventive this man was. It's a well-priced way to get a toe in the water, but be warned that you won't be able to stop here."
Duke Ellington Plays SOPHISTICATED LADY with Great Sophistic
M. Dunn | MA | 02/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"SOPHISTICATED LADY. . .one for the ages. A delight to hear it played
by Duke Ellington. As music it is marvelous! With lyrics, it is a
fabulous standard which can be enjoyed, endlessly! Mr. Ellington provides a superb range of major and minor keys and chords that enhance the music as well as the lyrics the listener plays in his/her head."