Masters Of Jazz: Duke Ellington


Publisher: Storyville Records
Artist: Duke Ellington
Series: Masters Of Jazz
Format: Audio / Video | Recorded Performance
This recording includes recordings from Duke Ellington And His Orchestra at The Hurricane Club and Carnegie Hall in New York in 1943, in New York in 1962, at the Hollywood Empire in Los Angeles in 1949 and solo Duke Ellington piano recordings from France in 1966. Many classic standards are featured including Take The A Train, Satin Doll, Rockin' In Rhythm and Cotton Tail. Duke's musicians include Ben Webster and Jerry Hodges.

Includes new liner notes by Mike Hennessey
Published on: 06 April 2013
Language: English
Catalogue No: STV1018501

      Musicroom Reviews

      There is certainly no shortage of Ellington compilations on the market. However, this one stands out in including two long solo tracks from 1966 by ‘the piano player’ (12 and 8 minutes, respectively): a nine-song medley and an extended version of 'New World A-Comin’'plus the full band in the not too often heard 1962-session made for the Goodyear tyre company. The latter has the band playing with more than average gusto. The remaining nine live-recorded songs from 1943 and ’49 offer excellent solos by Ben Webster and Johnny Hodges in particular (although the former’s solo on ‘Cotton Tail’ is a bit less stringent than the original version), and show how much exuberance the band could project, no matter what the circumstances were, in spite of a grueling touring schedule. And – as was also the case with Louis Armstrong’s All Stars – even though the listener knows the arrangements inside out, there are often little surprises to be found.
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