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