Duke Ellington's Finest Hour

Duke EllingtonJanuary 1, 2002
Jazz℗ A Verve Label Group Release; This Compilation ℗ 2002 UMG Recordings, Inc.
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Songs
Artist
1
East St. Louis Toodle-Oo (1st Version)2:54Duke Ellington And His Kentucky Club Orchestra
2
Black And Tan Fantasy3:19The Washingtonians
3
Jubilee Stomp2:46Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra
4
Black Beauty (2nd Take)3:14The Hotsy Totsy Gang
5
The Mooche3:13Duke Ellington And His Cotton Club Orchestra
6
Rent Party Blues3:27The Jungle Band
7
Double Check Stomp2:53The Jungle Band
8
Mood Indigo2:58Duke Ellington
9
Creole Rhapsody (Pt. 1)3:09Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
10
Creole Rhapsody (Pt. 2/Take A)3:22The Jungle Band
11
Stompy Jones6:39Duke Ellington
12
Self Portrait (Of The Bean)3:54Duke Ellington
13
In A Sentimental Mood4:16Duke Ellington
14
Take The A Train (Live At Cote D'Azur, France, 7/28/1966) (feat. Cootie Williams)4:56Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
15
Prelude To A Kiss (Live At Cote D'Azur, France, 7/28/1966)4:29Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
16
Sophisticated Lady / Solitude (Live At The Whitney Museum/1972)4:45Duke Ellington
17
Satin Doll (Live At The Whitney Museum/1972)2:52Duke Ellington
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Additional Information

Genres
Total length
1:03:15
Tracks
17
Released
February 12, 2002
Label
℗ A Verve Label Group Release; This Compilation ℗ 2002 UMG Recordings, Inc.
File type
MP3
Access type
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The 2008 reissue of this album marks a total reconstruction and rethinking of the original LP, and such a complete break from the original album that its story could fill a book. Such Sweet Thunder was originally announced as a stereo and mono release, but only showed up in mono thanks to the technical problems inherent in early stereo in creating a concert-like ambience in which the performance seemed continuous. The reissue presents the original album as it was intended, using alternate takes from the original sessions, plus the stereo masters of the takes used on the original album, all rounded out with a mono outtake or two. The music itself counts among Ellington's most well-realized "concept projects," all inspired by Shakespeare's work and filled with memorable melodies and ample opportunities for solos by Cat Anderson, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and Quentin Jackson. The Ellington-Strayhorn compositions treat their soloists like actors doing scenes and, in effect, playing parts, even quoting lines after a fashion -- Clark Terry "plays" Puck in "Up and Down, Up and Down (I Will Lead Them Up and Down)," and Johnny Hodges turns in one of the most sensuous performances of his career for "Half the Fun," from Antony and Cleopatra. These moments more than justify the cost of the CD, and the bonus tracks, many of which are different takes and others are simply material that came from the same sessions, more than double the length of the original LP. The extended notes by Phil Schaap deserve some kind of award for detail and clarity. [Essential Jazz's 2008 edition included bonus tracks.]
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