- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Reprise 6168 (1962)
Description by OLDIES.com:
A CD reissue of Ellington's 1962 album on the Reprise label, "Will Big Bands Ever Come Back?" On it, he and his orchestra perform classics from the likes of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Les Brown, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and others.
- 1.Tuxedo Junction
- 2.Smoke Rings
- 3.Artistry In Rhythm
- 4.The Waltz You Saved For Me
- 5.Woodchopper's Ball
- 6.Sentimental Journey
- 7.When It's Sleepy Time Down South
- 8.One O'Clock Jump
- 10.Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
- 11.Rhapsody In Blue
- 12.Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano).
Liner Note Author: Charles Champlin.
Recording information: 11/29/1962-01/04/1963.
In addition to its reputation as a cultural and artistic phenomenon, the Duke Ellington orchestra was also one of the finest dance bands of the Swing era. Though the big band roster had been decimated throughout the 1950s, Ellington managed to keep his outfit intact by constant national and international touring. First released in 1962, after Ellington had signed to Frank Sinatra's Reprise label, this salute to the big band era features classics like "Woodchopper's Ball," "One O'Clock Jump," and "Tuxedo Junction," made famous by Ellington's contemporaries, including Stan Kenton, Count Basie, and Woody Herman. The set displays Ellington's orchestra in relaxed mood, demonstrating both its technical prowess and effortless swing.