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The Duke's Men, Vol. 2: 1938-39

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The Duke's Men, Vol. 2: 1938-39

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Ellingtonian small-group sessions were informal, laidback affairs that gave solo space (and leader credits) to his great stars such as Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, and Rex Stewart. It says volumes about Duke Ellington that these "secondary" pursuits, these respites from the demands of the big band, are actually some of the most rewarding examples of small-band swing ever recorded. These two CDs are culled from 1938 and 1939, and form a worthy addendum to Columbia's first volume. The exotic "Wanderlust" (with Hodges on soprano) and the sexy "Jeep's Blues" both debuted here and would become staples of the big band, while obscure Ellington-penned gems like "I'm in Another World," with Hodges at his most sublime, make their only recorded appearance in this set. This setting also allowed for oddball interpretations of age-old standards like "Ol' Man River," played uptempo and with great humor (and goofy new lyrics), starring Cootie Williams's trumpet growl. --Marc Greilsamer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jeep's Blues
  2. If You Were In My Place
  3. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
  4. Rendezvous With Rhythm
  5. A Lesson In C
  6. Swingtime In Honolulu
  7. Carnival In Caroline
  8. Ol' Man River
  9. You Walked Out Of The Picture
  10. Pyramid
  11. Empty Ballroom Blues
  12. Lost In Meditation
  13. A Blues Serenade
  14. Love In Swingtime
  15. Swinging In The Dell
  16. Jitterbug's Lullaby
  17. Chasin' Chippies
  18. Blue Is The Evening
  19. Sharpie
  20. Swing Pan Alley
  21. Prelude To A Kiss
  22. There's Something About An Old Love

Disc: 2

  1. The Jeep Is Jumpin'
  2. Krum Elbow Blues
  3. I'm In Another World
  4. Hodge Podge
  5. Dancing On The Stars
  6. Wanderlust
  7. Delta Mood
  8. The Boys From Harlem
  9. Mobile Blues
  10. Gal-A-Vanting
  11. Like A Ship In The Night
  12. Mississippi Dreamboat
  13. Swingin' On The Campus
  14. Dooji Wooji
  15. Beautiful Romance
  16. Boudoir Benny
  17. Ain't The Gravy Good?
  18. She's Gone
  19. San Juan Hill
  20. I'll Come Back For More
  21. Fat Stuff Serenade


Product details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1938
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000286K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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