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Duke Ellington
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
These sets from Membran Music are great, aside from the complete lack of information beyond song titles and track numbers. By searching a jazz album data base, I was able to identify the ten previously released albums that comprise this Ellington set. They are:

1. Buffet Flat
2. Cotton Club Stomp
3. I Never Felt This Way Before (1930)
4. Dusk
5. After All
6. Moon Over Cuba
7. I'm Beginning To See The Light
8. Frantic Fantasy
9. Moon Indigo (1945)
10. Suddenly It Jumped
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The value of this set is, in my opinion, many times the asking price. Although the track list at the top of this page claims 97 songs, this 10-CD set actually contains 198 tracks, which is practically sold for a song considering the hours of music you get. I found the sound quality to be more than adequate.

Although I was unable to correlate the album listing cited by the author of the September 23, 2007 review, some of the CDs in this set did match known albums. An example is disc 2, which is Cotton Club Stomp. Still, that review reflects a great deal of research and effort and is very helpful.

What I was able to determine is the tracks in this set span nine years from 1938 through the first part of 1947. That means that this set contains tracks that are historic, such as the ones with Jimmy Blanton who is the father of modern bass. In fact, this material is from a golden period in Ellington's life - one in which his writing was arguably the most prolific and his compositions were among his best.

Earlier I stated that the sound was more than adequate. My basis for that is I rip my music to MP3 files and transfer them to my phone, which serves also as my music player. That process loses some clarity of the music, yet the final product still sounds very good to my ears. If you are an audiophile you are probably not going to like the sound quality.

While I have many more Ellington albums and am fond of his 50s and 60s recordings, I find myself listening to this collection frequently. The music is pure American classic. Anyone who loves Ellington's music or is exploring his creative genius for the first time will probably find this set to be the value that I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Love it. Great CD and service. Music is wonderful. Very happy we bought it and will use this company again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Duke Ellington is my favorite of the big band jazz masters. Whether I want perky, moody, sultry or jammin, I can't go wrong with listening to the Duke. This collection has a lot of music to last the most ardent enthusiast, although there are a few repeats. For the price, this is a real bargain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2012
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This 10 CD box set is an amazing value! The sound is great. You just can't miss when the individual CDs are less than $2 a piece!!!
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on October 25, 2013
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As other reviewers have written this is just too good to miss. Ten cds and all of them are sensational as they come from that early era of Ellington which points to the direction he was heading for. And of course when there are ten cds some will sound better than others but there is not one that does not deliver. Try shuffling them in the box and do not look at what you are playing and that will be the test. This is the best bargain you will most likely come across in a long time.
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on January 4, 2014
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very disappointed that no musician info was included in this package, not who's playing on each track, not a recording date, not even the name of the ensemble - tried to find this on the net but was unsuccessful. the sound quality is quite good though - will return
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on April 12, 2014
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Duke Ellington had more talent in his little finger than anybody else had in their whole body! He was a truly amazing musician...a bit quirky, but talented and charismatic.
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on August 3, 2014
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All 10 cds played as new but I could have used a discography.
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