(1996) The Best Of Early Ellington

Duke Ellington

... read moreDrawn from Duke Ellington's earliest recordings for Brunswick and Vocalion labels, The Best of Early Ellington is an excellent single-disc sampler that offers some of his most famous songs -- including "Mood Indigo" and "East St. Louis Toodle-oo," as well as "Creole Rhapsody," his first extended...

01:03′:02″ 20 Songs

1
Duke Ellington
East St. Louis Toodle-Oo (1St Version)
2:51
2
Duke Ellington
Birmingham Breakdown (2Nd Version)
2:38
3
Duke Ellington
Black And Tan Fantasy
3:16
4
Duke Ellington
Take It Easy
2:36
5
Duke Ellington
Jubilee Stomp
2:40
6
Duke Ellington
Black Beauty (1St Take)
3:01
7
Duke Ellington
Yellow Dog Blues
2:52
8
Duke Ellington
Tishomingo Blues
2:55
9
Duke Ellington
Awful Sad
3:17
10
Duke Ellington
The Mooche
3:11
11
Duke Ellington
Doin' The Voom Voom
3:09
12
Duke Ellington
Rent Party Blues
3:24
13
Duke Ellington
Harlem Flat Blues
3:05
14
Duke Ellington
Jolly Wog
3:03
15
Duke Ellington
Jazz Convulsions
2:49
16
Duke Ellington
Sweet Mama
3:06
17
Duke Ellington
Cotton Club Stomp (Take A)
2:50
18
Duke Ellington
Mood Indigo
2:53
19
Duke Ellington
Rockin' In Rhythm
3:00
20
Duke Ellington
Creole Rhapsody (Pts. 1 & 2)
6:26
Released 27 February 1996, A Verve Label Group Release; This Compilation ℗ 1996 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

Drawn from Duke Ellington's earliest recordings for Brunswick and Vocalion labels, The Best of Early Ellington is an excellent single-disc sampler that offers some of his most famous songs -- including "Mood Indigo" and "East St. Louis Toodle-oo," as well as "Creole Rhapsody," his first extended composition -- in their first recorded versions. Although jazz purists would prefer complete box sets, The Best of Early Ellington works as a terrific introduction for neophytes and casual fans. ~ Thom Owens