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Behind the BeatDuke Ellington
Duke Ellington Duke Ellington
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By Loren Schoenberg, Conductor and Saxophonist

These lists have been compiled with the newcomer to jazz in mind. We have shied away from compilations wherever possible, for the simple reason that you may very well wind up buying the complete albums that were excerpted in the compilations. Here you have a small but representative sampling of some of the very best music Duke Ellington recorded in every period of his career, with as little duplication as possible.

Audio sample East St. Louis Toodle-oo
Recorded November 29, 1926
(Courtesy Columbia/Legacy)


Audio sample The Mooche
Recorded October 1, 1928
(Courtesy Columbia/Legacy)


Audio Feature It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Recorded February 2, 1932
(Courtesy Columbia/Legacy)


Audio sample Echoes of Harlem
Recorded February 28, 1936
(Courtesy Columbia/Legacy)


The Far East Suite
BMG

Such Sweet Thunder
Sony

The Blanton-Webster Band
BMG

Early Ellington 1926-31
GRP

New Orleans Suite
Atlantic

Toga Brava Suite
Blue Note

Raisin' The Rent
Hep

The Complete Capitol Sessions
Mosaic

NPR Audio Feature NPR's Basic Jazz Record Library: Duke Ellington
NPR's Murray Horwitz and jazz critic and poet AB Spellman recommend Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder (Sony Legacy).
(Courtesy NPRJazz.org)


NPR Audio Feature NPR's Basic Jazz Record Library: Duke Ellington
NPR's Murray Horwitz and jazz critic and poet AB Spellman recommend Ellington's The Duke at His Best (Prism).
(Courtesy NPRJazz.org)