Duke EllingtonAnniversary - 13 Volumes Box Set

Label:Musisoft – MJCD 1300, Musisoft – CC 811
Series:Masters Of Jazz (2)
13 x CD, Compilation


Disk 01 - Ballads / MJCD 1301(1:00:29)
1-01All Too Soon3:22
1-02I Got it Bad (and That Ain't Good)3:21
1-04Mood Indigo2:48
1-06After All3:22
1-07Moon Mist3:02
1-09Serenade to Sweden3:26
1-10Black Butterfly2:43
1-11Lost in Meditation2:59
1-12Blue Light2:47
1-13Please Forgive Me3:04
1-14Prelude to a Kiss3:00
1-15Mighty Like the Blues2:39
1-16I Never Felt That Way Before3:02
1-17You Never Know the Things You Miss1:43
1-18In A Sentimental Mood3:02
1-19A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing3:20
1-20Violet Blue3:10
Disk 02 - Blues / MJCD 1302(1:00:26)
2-01Things Ain't What They Used to Be3:20
2-02Across the Track Blues3:01
2-03C Jam Blues2:42
2-05Main Stem2:51
2-07Yellow Dog Blues2:55
2-08Blues With a Feeling3:15
2-09Saratoga Swing2:49
2-10Beggar's Blues3:20
2-11Sweet Chariot2:57
2-12Bundle of Blues3:13
2-13Blue Feeling3:15
2-14Indigo Echoes2:52
2-15Jeep's Blue2:57
2-16Mobile Blues2:33
2-17Subtle Lament3:05
2-18Beale Street Blues2:55
2-19Memphis Blues3:03
2-20Royal Garden Blues3:24
Disk 03 - Composer / MJCD 1303(1:15:41)
3-01Ko Ko2:48
3-02Concerto for Cootie3:25
3-03Sepia Panorama5:13
3-04Tootin' Through the Roof2:54
3-05Battle of Swing2:58
3-06I Let a Song go Out of my Heart3:10
3-07Creole Rhapsody8:37
3-08Slippery Horn3:07
3-09Daybreak Express2:57
3-10Saddest Tale3:19
3-11Showboat Shuffle3:04
3-12Braggin' in Brass2:46
3-13Dimineundo in Blue, Transblucency, Crescendo in Blue9:52
3-14Blue Serge3:24
3-15In a Mellow Tone3:20
3-16Black Brown and Beige (Excerpts Of) Work Song-Come Sunday9:07
3-17Happy Go Lucky Local5:29
Disk 04 - Dance / MJCD 1304(1:02:46)
4-02Conga Brava2:59
4-03Moonlight Fiesta [Porto-Rican Chaos]2:56
4-04Snake Hip Dance2:46
4-05Breakfast Dance3:08
4-06Maori (A Samoan Dance)3:07
4-08That Lindy Hop2:57
4-11Swingtime in Honolulu2:57
4-12I'm Slappin' Seventh Avenue (With the Sole of My Shoe)2:40
4-13Hip Chic2:59
4-14Lambeth Walk2:31
4-15Empty Ballroom Blues2:27
4-16Flaming Sword3:11
4-18Moon Over Cuba3:15
4-19Black Brown and Beige, (Excerpt Of) Three Dances4:38
4-20Liberian Suite, (Dance No. 3)3:48
Disk 05 - Friends / MJCD 1305(1:09:52)
5-01Hot and Bothered with Lonnie Johnson3:19
5-02Accordion Joe with Joe Cornell3:01
5-03Three Little Words with The Rhythm Boys3:07
5-04St. Louis Blues with Bing Crosby4:32
5-05Diga Diga Doo with The Mills Brothers4:32
5-06I Can't Give You Anything But Love with Ethel Waters3:07
5-07My Old Flame with Mae West3:18
5-08Blues (Big City Blues) with Billie Holiday2:28
5-09I Cover the Waterfront with Billie Holiday3:04
5-10Tonight I Shall Sleep (With a Smile on My Face) with Tommy Dorsey3:02
5-11I Can't Believe That You are in Love With me with Anita O'Day5:29
5-12Metronome All-Out with Metronome All Star Band4:19
5-13Long, Long Journey with Louis Armstrong4:35
5-14Honeysuckle Rose with Django Reinhardt3:41
5-15I Fell and Broke My Heart with Woody Herman2:42
5-16Jazz Cocktail with Benny Carter3:14
5-17Blue Skies with Mary Lou Williams3:13
5-18Hollywood Hangover with Buck Clayton3:42
5-19My Honey's Lovin' Arms with Dick Vance3:12
5-20The C Jam Blues with Woody Herman3:28
Disk 06 - Jungle / MJCD 1306(1:04:57)
6-01Prologue to Black and Tan Fantasy2:38
6-02New Black and Tan Fantasy2:42
6-04Saturday Night Function3:09
6-05Mississippi Moan3:29
6-06Jungle Jamboree3:05
6-07Haunted Nights3:19
6-08Jungle Nights in Harlem2:56
6-09Shout 'Em Aunt Tillie3:01
6-10Jungle Blues3:04
6-11Echoes of the Jungle3:30
6-12Baby, When You Ain't There2:47
6-13Dear Old Southland3:35
6-14New East St. Louis Toodle-Oo3:05
6-15Delta Mood2:49
6-16Dooji Wooji2:59
6-17Way Low4:07
6-18Gathering in a Clearing3:11
6-19Liberian Suite - Excerpt Dance No 55:12
6-20Air-Conditioned Jungle2:54
Disk 07 - Ladies / MJCD 1307(1:13:30)
7-01Sophisticated Lady2:53
7-02Dinah Lou2:26
7-03Lady Who Couldn't be Kissed2:45
7-04Gal from Joe's3:00
7-05Dinah's in a Jam2:52
7-06Lady in Blue2:56
7-07Country Gal3:00
7-08Warm Valley3:15
7-10John Hardy's Wife3:31
7-12Brown-Skin Gal (In the Calico Gown)3:13
7-13Sentimental Lady (I Didn't Know About You)3:03
7-14Blue Belles of Harlem5:23
7-15Lily Belle3:00
7-16Lady of the Lavender Mist3:18
7-17Women (They'll Get You)3:18
7-18Brown Betty5:51
7-19The Tattooed Bride13:11
Disk 08 - New York / MJCD 1308(1:01:44)
8-01Harlem Air Shaft3:00
8-02Sidewalks of New York3:15
8-03Uptown Downbeat3:26
8-04Harlem River Quiver (Brown Berries)2:49
8-06Harlem Flat Blues3:07
8-07Wall Street Wail2:59
8-08Blue Harlem2:55
8-09Drop Me off in Harlem3:00
8-10Harlem Speaks3:08
8-11It Was a Sad Night in Harlem3:09
8-12Scattin' at the Kit Kat2:46
8-13 Sugar Hill Shim Sham2:37
8-14Harmony in Harlem3:11
8-15Boys from Harlem2:19
8-16Cotton Club Stomp2:51
8-17Carnegie Blues2:55
8-18Park at 106th2:27
8-19New York City Blues3:12
8-20Manhattan Murals5:28
Disk 09 - Pianist / MJCD 1309(1:12:53)
9-01Black Beauty3:04
9-02A Swampy River2:52
9-03Fast and Furious (Lot’s O’ Fingers)2:52
9-04Mood Indigo/Solitude3:09
9-05Sophisticated Lady/In a Sentimental Mood3:08
9-06Swing Baby Swing (Love in My Heart)2:37
9-07Informal Blues2:45
9-08Mr. J.B. Blues3:06
9-09Dear Old Southland3:20
9-11Frankie and Johnny2:41
9-12Jumpin' Room Only2:37
9-13Dancers in Love2:23
9-14Minor Goes Muggin'3:05
9-16Drawing Room Blues3:41
9-17There Was Nobody Looking3:10
9-18New York City Blues4:54
9-19Clothed Woman4:40
9-20New World A-Comin'12:14
Disk 10 - Portraits / MJCD 1310(1:06:49)
10-01Black Beauty (Portrait of Florence Mills)2:54
10-02Gypsy Without a Song3:02
10-03Old King Dooji2:35
10-04Portrait of the Lion2:32
10-05Little Posey2:43
10-06Weely (Portrait of Billy Strayhorn)3:02
10-07Jack the Bear3:12
10-09Portrait of Bert Williams3:21
10-10Menelik: The Lion of Judah3:21
10-11Poor Bubber3:23
10-12Fancy Dan4:12
10-14Unbooted Character3:28
10-15Hearsay or Orson Welles5:00
10-16Beautiful Indians, Pt. 1: Hiawatha2:43
10-17Beautiful Indians, Pt. 2: Minnehaha2:58
10-18Golden Feather2:51
10-19Golden Cress3:01
10-20Frankie and Johnny7:14
Disk 11 - Soloists / MJCD 1311(1:04:15)
11-01Sonny Greer - Liberian Suite: Dance No 53:10
11-02Bubber Miley  - Doin' the Voom Voom3:12
11-03Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton  - Black and Tan Fantasy2:49
11-04Harry Carney – Frustration2:50
11-05Barney Bigard  - Clarinet Lament (Barney's Concerto)3:13
11-06Johnny Hodges  - Mood to be Wooed4:26
11-07Cootie Williams - Echoes of Harlem (Cootie's Concerto)3:06
11-08Lawrence Brown  - Rose of the Rio Grande3:04
11-09Rex Stewart - Morning Glory3:21
11-10Harold Baker - Ain't Misbehavin'3:41
11-11Billy Strayhorn - Passion Flower3:36
11-12Jimmy Blanton - Pitter Panther Patter3:04
11-13Ben Webster- Stardust4:19
11-14Ray Nance - Take the "A" Train2:58
11-15Jimmy Hamilton - Flippant Flurry2:53
11-16Taft Jordan - Rugged Romeo3:04
11-17Al Sears – The Suburbanite2:31
11-18Oscar Pettiford  - Tip Toe Topic2:04
11-19Tyree Glenn - Sultry Serenade3:07
11-20Taft Jordan, Harold Baker, Ray Nance, Francis Williams, Cat Anderson - Blue Skies [Trumpet No End]2:32
Disk 12 - Swing / MJCD 1312(1:01:17)
12-01Cotton Tail3:13
12-02It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)3:11
12-03Jubilee Stomp2:38
12-04Double Check Stomp2:56
12-05Ring Dem Bells2:57
12-07Jive Stomp2:48
12-08Stompy Jones3:05
12-09In a Jam3:01
12-10Exposition Swing3:12
12-12Buffet Flat2:27
12-13Slap Happy2:48
12-14Jazz Potpourri3:10
12-15Riding on a Blue Note3:58
12-16Squaty Roo2:26
12-18Rockin' in Rhythm3:55
12-19Stomp, Look and Listen3:23
12-20I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me2:53
Disk 13 - Vocals / MJCD 1313(59:42)
13-01Adelaide Hall - Blues, I Love to Sing3:13
13-02Sonny Greer - Sloppy Joe3:17
13-03Cootie Williams - She's Gone3:05
13-04Ivie Anderson - Troubled Waters3:33
13-05Ivie Anderson, Harry Carney, Hayes Alvis, Rex Stewart - I've Got to be a Rug Cutter2:36
13-06Ivie Anderson - I'm Checkin' Out, Go'om Bye2:30
13-07Jean Eldridge - Something to Live For2:49
13-08Herb Jeffries  - Jump for Joy2:54
13-09Ivie Anderson - Rocks in my Bed3:09
13-10Ray Nance - Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)3:22
13-11Betty Roché - Go Away Blues2:05
13-12Joya Sherrill - Everything But You3:03
13-13Maria Cole, Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis - It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)3:03
13-14Maria Cole - I Don't Mind3:08
13-15Kay Davis, Joya Sherrill, Maria Cole, Al Hibbler - Solitude3:06
13-16Marion Cox - St. Louis Blues3:00
13-17Dolores Parker  - Once Upon a Dream3:01
13-18Al Hibbler -  Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me3:07
13-19Kay Davis - On a Turquoise Cloud3:24
13-20I've Got to Be a Rug Cutter2:12

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Artistic Director : Claude Carrière
Produced by : Noël Hervé (for Musisoft)
Special Thanks to : Jean Portier
English Version : Martin Davies
Transfers & Mastering : Christophe Hénault (studio Dante)

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  • Barcode: 3356571130026


  • pp_'s avatar
    This 13 disc box set compiles 260 tracks covering three decades of his Duke Ellingtons recording career. Although recodring dates range from 1927 to 1948, the main focus here is clearly on Ellington's 40's output.

    Considering that this box set was sourced from 78s, sound quality is overall very nice. Luckily clean copies were used for tranfers. There's not really clicks or pops. Apart from some surface noise, there's really very little room for complaint. However mastering of this box set may divide opinions. It's clear that these tracks are needle drops. There is no doubt that the sound could be more crisp or detailed. I'm sure that there's more hi-fi sounding alternatives available of most of these recordings. Fortunately this box set wasn't botched with bad noise reduction, excessive compression or otherwise bad mastering. This box set is definitely a worthwhile alternative.

    Packaging is ok. Each CD is packed in 8 panel digipack with liner notes (French & English), track listing, recording details and personnel details. Accuracy of personnel details varies greatly. Sometimes every musician is listed while other times only soloists are mentioned.

    I find presentation of this box set mildly annoying. The material on compilation is divided thematically on different discs. Each of the discs is supposed to follow some kind of theme (e.g. ballads, blues, jungle etc.). In reality these themes are rather loose. Most of these song would have fit under various of these themes, so the discs aren't vastly different. This box set could have benefitted greatly from a different kind of presentation (e.g. chronological order).


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