Storyville Records

The Duke Box

Price $64.99

Catalogue Number
1088600
Format
8CD Box
Artist
Duke Ellington
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Description

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.

Personnel

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra

Reviews

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

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

Tracklisting

East St, Louis Toodle-Oo Me And You Grievin' Little Posey My Last Goodbye The Gal From Joe's C Jam Blues Tootin Through The Roof "C" Jam Blues Day In, Day Out Merry-Go-Round East St, Louis Toodle-Oo Ko Ko Blue Goose So Far, So Good Cotton Tail Concerto For Cootie Jack The Bear Boy Meets Horn The Sergeant Was Shy Never No Lament It's Glory The Mooche The Sheik Of Araby Sepia Panorama Ko Ko There Shall Be No Night Pussy Willow Chatterbox Mood Indigo Harlem Airshaft Ferryboat Serenade Warm Valley Stompy Jones Chloe Bojangles On The Air Rumpus In Richmond Chaser The Sidewalks Of New York The Flaming Sword Never No Lament Caravan Clarinet Lament Slap Happy Sepia Panorama Boy Meets Horn Way Down Yonder In New Orleans Oh Babe, Maybe Someday Five O'Clock Whistle Fanfare Medley Rockin' In Rhythm Sophisticated Lady Cotton Tail Whispering Grass Conga Brava I Never Felt This Way Before Across The Track Blues Honeysuckle Rose Wham Star Dust Rose Of The Rio Grande St. Louis Blues Warm Valley God Bless America Take The "A" Train Hayfoot Strawfoot It Can't Be Wrong What Am I Here For? Mainstem A.K.A. Altitude Could It Be You? Goin' Up Don't Get Around Much Anymore Nevada Things Ain't What They Used To Be Take The "A" Train Don't Get Around Much Anymore Mainstem A.K.A. Altitude I Don't Want Anybody At All Johnny Come Lately Things Ain't What They Used To Be Moon Mist You'll Never Know Tonight I Shall Sleep I Don't Know What Kind Of Blues I Got Don't Get Around Much Anymore Moon Mist Introduction D I Wonder Why Goin' Up Star Spangled Banner Introduction By Duke Ellington (Dec 10, 1943) Take The "A" Train Moon Mist Tea For Two Honeysuckle Rose Star Dust West Indian Influence Lighter Attitude New World A-Coming Floor Show Don't Get Around Much Any More Introduction By Duke Ellington Ring Dem Bells Medley Jack The Bear Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me Summertime Cotton Tail Black And Tan Fantasy Rockin' In Rhythm Sentimental Lady Trumpet In Spades Things Ain't What They Used To Be Announcer And Duke Ellington Introduction G.I. Jive Amor, Amor Frankie And Johnny Take The "A" Train Suddenly It Jumped Laura Kissing Bug Stompy Jones Solid Old Man Carnegie Blues In A Mellotone Fancy Dan Things Ain't What They Used To Be Black And Tan Fantasy Mood To Be Wooed Frantic Fantasy The "C" Jam Blues Air Conditioned Jungle On The Sunny Side Of The Street Rockin' In Rhythm Take The "A" Train The Blues Sono Solid Old Man Singin' In The Rain Three Cent Stomp Tulip Or Turnip Take The "A" Train Hy' A Sue Passion Flower Clementine Just-A-Sittin' And A-Rockin' One O'Clock Jump Unbooted Character Paradise How You Sound It's Monday Everyday Caravan Cotton Tail

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