The Duke Box

Duke Ellington

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8CD Box
Duke Ellington
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The Duke Box includes more than eight hours of music from what many consider the greatest decade (1940s) of the greatest orchestra in the history of jazz. This 8CD box set captures Duke Ellington and his musicians, including Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster, Lawrence Brown, ""Tricky"" Sam Nanton, Harry Carney, Rex Stewart, Barney Bigard and Jimmy Blanton, live in dance halls, night clubs, concert halls and radio stations. We are lucky indeed that these slice-of-life documents survive, or were made in the first place, such as the unique Fargo dance date (what was captured that long night is a veritable treasure trove of music) and hearing it chronologically places this grand music in a very special and illuminating perspective. All your favourite Ellington standards (including Sophisticated Lady, Mood Indigo, ""C"" Jam Blues, Don't Get Around Much Anymore and Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me) are here as well as some rare tracks that even seasoned Ellingtonians will encounter for the first time. The accompanying 40 page illustrated booklet includes liner notes by Dan Morgenstern and photographs by Herman Leonard and William Gottlieb.

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra


"A Masterpiece by Anyone's Standards." Will Friedwald 

"Ellington's Band Is Heavenly In These 'Live' '40s Recordings'." Nat Hentoff 


  1. East St, Louis Toodle-Oo
  2. Me And You
  3. Grievin'
  4. Little Posey
  5. My Last Goodbye
  6. The Gal From Joe's
  7. Tootin Through The Roof
  8. "C" Jam Blues
  9. Day In, Day Out
  10. Merry-Go-Round
  11. East St, Louis Toodle-Oo
  12. Ko Ko
  13. Blue Goose
  14. So Far, So Good
  15. Cotton Tail
  16. Concerto For Cootie
  17. Jack The Bear
  18. Boy Meets Horn
  19. The Sergeant Was Shy
  20. Never No Lament
  21. It's Glory
  22. The Mooche
  23. The Sheik Of Araby
  24. Sepia Panorama
  25. Ko Ko
  26. There Shall Be No Night
  27. Pussy Willow
  28. Chatterbox
  29. Mood Indigo
  30. Harlem Airshaft
  31. Ferryboat Serenade
  32. Warm Valley
  33. Stompy Jones
  34. Chloe
  35. Bojangles
  36. On The Air
  37. Rumpus In Richmond
  38. Chaser
  39. The Sidewalks Of New York
  40. The Flaming Sword
  41. Never No Lament
  42. Caravan
  43. Clarinet Lament
  44. Slap Happy
  45. Sepia Panorama
  46. Boy Meets Horn
  47. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
  48. Oh Babe, Maybe Someday
  49. Five O'Clock Whistle
  50. Fanfare
  51. Medley
  52. Rockin' In Rhythm
  53. Sophisticated Lady
  54. Cotton Tail
  55. Whispering Grass
  56. Conga Brava
  57. I Never Felt This Way Before
  58. Across The Track Blues
  59. Honeysuckle Rose
  60. Wham
  61. Star Dust
  62. Rose Of The Rio Grande
  63. St. Louis Blues
  64. Warm Valley
  65. God Bless America
  66. Take The "A" Train
  67. Hayfoot Strawfoot
  68. It Can't Be Wrong
  69. What Am I Here For?
  70. Mainstem A.K.A. Altitude
  71. Could It Be You?
  72. Goin' Up
  73. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  74. Nevada
  75. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  76. Take The "A" Train
  77. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  78. Mainstem A.K.A. Altitude
  79. I Don't Want Anybody At All
  80. Johnny Come Lately
  81. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  82. Moon Mist
  83. You'll Never Know
  84. Tonight I Shall Sleep
  85. I Don't Know What Kind Of Blues I Got
  86. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  87. Moon Mist
  88. Introduction D
  89. I Wonder Why
  90. Goin' Up
  91. Star Spangled Banner
  92. Introduction By Duke Ellington (Dec 10, 1943)
  93. Take The "A" Train
  94. Moon Mist
  95. Tea For Two
  96. Honeysuckle Rose
  97. Star Dust
  98. West Indian Influence
  99. Lighter Attitude
  100. New World A-Coming
  101. Floor Show
  102. Don't Get Around Much Any More
  103. Introduction By Duke Ellington
  104. Ring Dem Bells
  105. Medley
  106. Jack The Bear
  107. Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me
  108. Summertime
  109. Cotton Tail
  110. Black And Tan Fantasy
  111. Rockin' In Rhythm
  112. Sentimental Lady
  113. Trumpet In Spades
  114. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  115. Announcer And Duke Ellington Introduction
  116. G.I. Jive
  117. Amor, Amor
  118. Frankie And Johnny
  119. Take The "A" Train
  120. Suddenly It Jumped
  121. Laura
  122. Kissing Bug
  123. Stompy Jones
  124. Solid Old Man
  125. Carnegie Blues
  126. In A Mellotone
  127. Fancy Dan
  128. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  129. Black And Tan Fantasy
  130. Mood To Be Wooed
  131. Frantic Fantasy
  132. The "C" Jam Blues
  133. Air Conditioned Jungle
  134. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  135. Rockin' In Rhythm
  136. Take The "A" Train
  137. The Blues
  138. Sono
  139. Solid Old Man
  140. Singin' In The Rain
  141. Three Cent Stomp
  142. Tulip Or Turnip
  143. Take The "A" Train
  144. Hy' A Sue
  145. "C" Jam Blues
  146. Passion Flower
  147. Clementine
  148. Just-A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'
  149. One O'Clock Jump
  150. Unbooted Character
  151. Paradise
  152. How You Sound
  153. It's Monday Everyday
  154. Caravan
  155. Cotton Tail