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The Okeh Ellington

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Duke's complete and chronologically ordered output for Okeh and Columbia from 1927 to 1930! Includes The Mooche; Rockin' in Rhythm; Mood Indigo, and more prime Jungle Band material.

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Digesting the music of Duke Ellington's revolutionary "jungle" period is a complicated pursuit because he recorded multiple arrangements for a number of labels between 1927 and 1932. Sony owns his OKeh and Columbia cuts (found on these two CDs), BMG owns his Victor sides, and Decca owns his Brunswick and Vocalion work (issued on the three-CD Early Ellington). All of them contain readings of standout compositions like "Black and Tan Fantasy," "East St. Louis Toodle-oo," "Black Beauty," "The Mooche," "Mood Indigo," and "Rockin' in Rhythm." The OKeh package lacks versions of "Solitude" and "Creole Love Call," but offers some noteworthy exclusives: superb solo stride-piano versions of "Black Beauty" and "Swampy River"; Jabbo Smith's wonderful trumpet solo on a 1927 version of "Black and Tan Fantasy" as a game-day replacement for "indisposed" co-composer Bubber Miley; and the first recording of "The Mooche," with Miley in control and guitarist Lonnie Johnson augmenting an already formidable lineup that includes Tricky Sam Nanton, Barney Bigard, Harry Carney, and Johnny Hodges. Even when a star like trumpet-growl pioneer Miley moved on, Cootie Williams would more than fill the gap. Musically, Ellington brought jazz to new levels of sophistication, complexity, and emotional depth during this first great period, synthesizing the classic New Orleans sound with a vibrant theatrical element and a dynamic rhythmic impulse. --Marc Greilsamer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. East St. Louis Toodle-oo
  2. Hop Head
  3. Down In Our Alley Blues
  4. What Can A Poor Fellow Do ?
  5. Black And Tan Fantasy
  6. Chicago Stomp Down
  7. Sweet Mama (Papa's Getting Mad)
  8. Stack O'Lee Blues
  9. Bugle Call Rag
  10. Take It Easy
  11. Jubilee Stomp
  12. Harlem Twist (East St. Louis Toodle-oo)
  13. Diga Diga Doo
  14. Doin' The New Low Down
  15. Black Beauty
  16. Swampy River
  17. The Mooche
  18. Move Over
  19. Hot And Bothered
  20. The Blues With A Feelin'
  21. Goin' To Town
  22. Misty Mornin'
  23. I Must Have That Man
  24. Freeze And Melt
  25. Mississippi Moan

Disc: 2

  1. That Rhythm Man
  2. Beggar's Blues
  3. Saturday Night Function
  4. Jungle Jamboree
  5. Snake Hip Dance
  6. Lazy Duke
  7. Blues Of The Vagabond
  8. Syncopated Shuffle
  9. The Mooche
  10. Ragamuffin Romeo
  11. East St. Louis Toodle-oo
  12. Sweet Mama
  13. Hot And Bothered
  14. Double Check Stomp
  15. Black And Tan Fantasy
  16. Big House Blues
  17. Rocky Mountain Blues
  18. Ring Dem Bells
  19. Three Little Words
  20. Old Man Blues
  21. Sweet Chariot
  22. Mood Indigo - The Jungle Band
  23. I Can't Realize You Love Me
  24. I'm So In Love With You
  25. Rockin' In Rhythm - Duke Ellington & His Harlem Footwarmers


Product details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: March 26, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000274L
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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