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THE GREAT SUMMIT: THE MASTER TAKES

THE GREAT SUMMIT: THE MASTER TAKES

Originally released as "Complete Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington Sessions", this remastered and reissued album of the historic recording sessions at the New York RCA Studios on April 3 & 4, 1961 includes Louis Armstrong on vocals and trumpet, Duke Ellington on piano, with guest artists Barney Bigard and Trummy Young.
Roulette Records # 24547, 2001.


THE DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA

THE DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA

Conducted by Mercer Ellington with guest artists Branford Marsalis, Eddie Daniels, Clark Terry, Roland Hanna and Britt Woodman. Produced by Michael Abene and Mercer Ellington.
GRP Records # 9548, 1987.


THE ELLINGTON SUITES

THE ELLINGTON SUITES

Recorded in 1959, 1971 and 1972, collection of Ellington Suites including "Sunset and the Mockingbird", "Queen's Suite" and "Apes and Peacocks". Recorded by the Ellington Orchestra with guest artists Paul Gonsalves, Cat Anderson, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Ray Nance, Clark Terry and Mercer Ellington.
Pablo Records # 2310-762, 1972.


THE FEELING OF JAZZ

THE FEELING OF JAZZ

Remastered recordings from the 1962 Bell Studio sessions in New York City. Duke Ellington Orchestra performs with Ray Nance, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonslaves, Harry Carney, Cat Anderson and Buster Cooper. Includes "Jump For Joy", "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'", "I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart" and "Flirtibird".
1201 Music # 9039, 1988.


THE TREASURY SHOWS, VOL. 2

THE TREASURY SHOWS, VOL. 2

The second volume featuring the 1943 and 1945 recording sessions of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, includes "Kissing" Bug", "Ring Dem Bells", excerpts from "Black Brown and Beige" and "It Don't Mean A Thing".
Storyville # 9039002, 2001.


THE TREASURY SHOWS, VOLUME 1

THE TREASURY SHOWS, VOLUME 1

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra recordings from 1943 and 1945, includes "Creole Love Call", "Frustration", "Suddenly It Jumped" and "Perfume Suite". Guest Artists include Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Hamilton, Billy Strayhorn, Cat Anderson, Lawrence Brown and Kay Davis.
Storyville # 9039001, 2001.


EBONY RHAPSODY: THE GREAT ELLINGTON VOCALISTS

EBONY RHAPSODY: THE GREAT ELLINGTON VOCALISTS

Duke Ellington's Orchestra performs with Bing Crosby, Ivie Anderson, Al Hibbler, Herb Jeffries, Roy Nance, Kay Davis and Cootie Williams. Recorded between 1927 and 1946, all tracks digitally remastered.
RCA Bluebird # 63863, 2001.


FIRST TIME! THE COUNT MEETS THE DUKE

FIRST TIME! THE COUNT MEETS THE DUKE

Recorded on July 6 & 7, 1961, the historic session amicably matched the orchestra of Count Basie against Duke Ellington. Guest Artists include Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hodges, Thad Jones, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Harry Carney, Paul Gonslaves and Juan Tizol. Originally released in 1961.
Columbia # 65571, 2000.


HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: THE DUKE

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: THE DUKE

Duke Ellington's orchestra recordings of "East St. Louis Toodle-O", "Midriff", "Stompy Jones", "The Jeep Is Jumpin'" and "Lonesome Lullaby" with Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, Clark Terry, Britt Woodman, Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonslaves and Harry Carney. Originally released in 1956, remastered and reissued on Bethlehem Music Co., Inc. # 74315, 2001.


ROCKIN’ IN RHYTHM

ROCKIN’ IN RHYTHM

Duke Ellington performs "Take The "A" Train", "Sophisticated Lady", "Stain Doll", "Frankie and Johnny" and "Come Rain or Come Shine".
Park South Records # 90604, 2002.


SWINGING WITH THE DUKE

SWINGING WITH THE DUKE

Collection of Duke Ellington's private recordings with Harold Baker, Clark Terry, Ray Nance, Billy Strayhorn, Herbie Jones and Mercer Ellington. Recorded between 1956 and 1968 and produced by Duke Ellington.
Varese Vintage # 066122, 2000.


DUKE ELLINGTON RECORDS: 1928-1945

DUKE ELLINGTON RECORDS: 1928-1945

Includes some of the earliest known recordings of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. Includes "Blue Tune", "Doing the Voom Voom" and "The Dicty Glide".
SPV # 31042, 2000.


DUKE AT THE COTTON CLUB

DUKE AT THE COTTON CLUB

Digitally remastered recordings of Ellington performances at the legendary Cotton Club in the 30's and 40's. Includes "Stevedore Stomp", "Creole Rhapsody" and "Jungle Nights in Harlem".
RCA Camden Classics # 6127, 2000.


DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA 1949-1950

DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA 1949-1950

Collection of 1949 and 1950 Duke Ellington Orchestra recording sessions, with guest artists Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hodges, Oscar Pettiford, Chubby Kemp and Jimmy Hamilton. Includes "Take the "A" Train", "Creole Love Call", "The Greatest There Is", and "Perdido".
Classics Jazz (France) # 1191, 2002.


DUKE ELLINGTON: LIVE & RARE

DUKE ELLINGTON: LIVE & RARE

3-Disc set of concert performances and recording sessions including the Eastbourne Concert (1973), Newport Jazz Press Party (1968), The Reader's Digest Sessions (1969) and Duke Ellington with the Boston Pops (1965).
RCA Bluebird # 63953, 2002.


DUKE ELLINGTON’S FINEST HOUR

DUKE ELLINGTON’S FINEST HOUR

Recorded between 1936 and 1972, Duke Ellington performs with John Coltrane, Barney Bigard, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonslaves, Cootie Williams, and Cat Anderson. Produced by Norman Granz and Bob Thiele.
Verve # 589 415, 2002.


DUKE ELLINGTON’S GREATEST HITS

DUKE ELLINGTON’S GREATEST HITS

Remastered recordings of "Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me", "Satin Doll", "Take the "A" Train" from 1947 and 1960 studio sessions in New York and Hollywood. Originally produced in 1968 by Irving Townshend and released on Columbia # 9629.
Reissued on Legacy Records # 65419, 1997.


THE DUKE

THE DUKE

3 CD set, each CD representing a period of Columbia Records recording sessions spanning 1927 through 1962. Guest artists Rosemary Clooney, Mahalia Jackson, Ivie Anderson, Baby Cox and others join Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.
Legacy Records # 65841, 2000.


THE DUKE AT FARGO 1940: SPECIAL 60TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

THE DUKE AT FARGO 1940: SPECIAL 60TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Recorded live in Fargo, North Dakota on November 7, 1940 includes "Mood Indigo", "Cotton Tail", "Stardust", "Honeysuckle Rose", "Warm Valley" and "Conga Brava". Duke Ellington Orchestra with Ray Nance, Ivie Anderson, Herb Jeffries, Rex Stewart, Sonny Greer and Juan Tizol. 36-page booklet included in the 2-CD set. Originally released in 1940.
Storyville # 8316, 2001.


THE VERY BEST OF DUKE ELLINGTON

THE VERY BEST OF DUKE ELLINGTON

Recorded between 1927 and 1967 in New York, NY, Camden, NJ, Chicago, IL, Hollywood, CA. Duke Ellington performs with Billy Strayhorn, Ivie Anderson, Al Hibbler, Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Ben Webster and Harry Carney.
RCA Victor # 63729, 2000.