I owned this box before it was available on amazon, so I'm really happy everyone can get this... It's the Ellington orchestra in the glorious Jimmy Blanton (b) and Ben Webster (ts) years, with classics such as "Jack the Bear", "Ko-Ko", "Jump for Joy", "Chelsea Bridge", "Pitter Panther Patter", "Body and Soul", "Take the A Train", "Solitude", "Perdido", "Concerto for Cootie",
"Cotton Tail", "In a Melotone"...
The other Ellington luminaries include Ray Nance (who gets to sing as well - A slip of Lip can Sink the Ship!), Cootie Williams, Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Ivie Anderson... HIGHLY recommended to all swing, Ellington and orchestral jazz fans... Includes Ellington's duettes with Blanton on bass.
The beautifully designed booklet gives the ensemble for the tracks, although I would care for track to track analysis, to help me listen analytically. But, no matter. This is Ellington with his best musicians.