Duke Ellington The Essential Duke Ellington [Sony] (2-CD)

The Essential Duke Ellington [Sony] (2-CD)
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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: June 28, 2005
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Sony

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The Essential Duke Ellington is, of course, essential American music, as indispensable and indelible as the outputs of Copeland or Gershwin, Armstrong or Dylan. Composer, arranger, pianist, and leader of the most innovative orchestra ever to flourish under the banner of "jazz" - though his glorious, multi-colored work was hardly limited to, or by, jazz's parameters - the Maestro never stopped creating. For more than half a century, until his death at 75 in 1974, Ellington, wrote, performed and, above all, guided his band of demigods to Olympus. These 37 selections, spanning the years 1927 to 1960, are, among many other things, an ideal initiation for anyone wishing to glimpse the summit.

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Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Ivie Anderson (vocals); Lonnie Johnson, Fred Guy (guitar); Barney Bigard (clarinet, saxophone); Harry Carney (clarinet, baritone saxophone); Johnny Hodges (clarinet); Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone, bass saxophone); Jabbo Smith (trumpet); Juan Tizol (valve trombone); Bass Edwards (tuba); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Hayes Alvis, Billy Taylor (bass instrument); Sonny Greer (drums).
Given the staggering number of Duke Ellington collections available and the bandleader/composer/pianist's decades-spanning career, it's difficult to determine the best compilations. Columbia/Legacy's two-disc ESSENTIAL DUKE ELLINGTON ranks among the finest, however. Drawing from more than 30 years of recordings for multiple labels (Columbia, Okeh, Brunswick), this 37-track set ranges from 1927's sauntering "East St. Louis Toodle-oo" to 1960's mysterious, woodwind-heavy "Arabesque Cookie."
Most of the tunes here, though, date back to Ellington's peak years--the late '20s to early '40s--including the sassy "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," the gentle "In a Sentimental Mood," and the boisterous "Take the 'A' Train." Throughout this ESSENTIAL set, Ellington's compositional and instrumental skills are consistently sophisticated and inventive. Every song is enhanced by his formidable ensembles, which include the multi-instrumental talents of reed players Harry Carney and Johnny Hodges, along with many other jazz legends. Those looking for a more in-depth collection of Ellington classics should seek out THE DUKE, but for a concise-yet-sweeping selection of his finest moments, it's hard to beat THE ESSENTIAL DUKE ELLINGTON.

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  • UPC: 696998928121
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