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DUKE ELLINGTON/THE BEST OF

Duke Ellington Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000000XLW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bateau
2. Sophisticated Lady
3. Goof
4. Black Butterfly
5. Mendoza
6. Layin' on Mellow
7. Queen's Suite
8. Sunset and the Mocking Bird
9. Lightning Bugs and Frogs
10. Le Sucrier Velours
11. Northern Lights
12. The Single Petal of a Rose
13. Apes and Peacocks

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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of "unreleased" Ellington 25 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When the Duke died in 1974 the Pablo record label went through the late Ellington archives and released 4 albums, including his final classic suite from 1971, the Afro Eurasian eclipse, where the drummer Rufus Jones added real rock rythmns to classic ellingtonia.

Two other albums collected unreleased late period (69-71) pieces again with the driving Rufus Jones on drums. The final album collated 3 suites, 2 late period ones and the superlative Queeen's Suite from the classic 1950s band. The Duke had not authorised its release in his lifetime as the one and only pressed copy was presented to HM The Queen, the whole suite being written in her honour. On release it won the 1975 Grammy for best jazz performance!

So this wonderful and inexpensive Best of Pablo collates 6 tracks from the unreleased late period pieces, showing that Ellington was forever moving forward with organ & flute added to rock drumming, but which is still unmistakebly the Classic Ellington Sound. The 7th track is the complete 20 minute Queen's Suite.

So for anyone looking to investigate "late period" Ellington get this Cd and Afro Eurasian Eclipse and you have the added bonus of the classic Queen's Suite thrown in. A great farewell to one of musics 20th giants
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Duke rocks! 30 Mar 2002
By "john37481" - Published on Amazon.com
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Only one famous "hit" on this compilation -- a lovely "Sophisticated Lady" from 1970 featuring the marvelous Harry Carney on baritone sax. The rest of the collection is a delightful mixed bag of short pieces recorded from '69 to '71, and a discographically unique extended 20 minute suite from 1959.
Standouts among the short tunes are a two of Duke's rock-and-roll-riff-and-blow tunes, "Bateau" and "Mendoza." I love Duke Ellington's rock-and-roll music, sounding like oddball 1960s party music movie soundtracks, with slightly dissonant bluesy riffs, excellent solos from his unparalleled band of virtuoso improvisers, and great rocking drums from the terrific Rufus "Speedy" Jones. The other short tracks feature Johnny Hodges and other great soloists in 3 of Duke's almost-always excellent vignettes. Excellent throughout, on this record.
The album's extended piece, "The Queen's Suite," was originally recorded and privately cut onto one single LP by the Duke at his own expense, as a gift to Queen Elizabeth of England for her private enjoyment in 1959. (The release date cited by Amazon might be wrong; I have read that the Queen's Suite was not made commercially available until after the Duke's death in 1975.) Written by Ellington and Strayhorn, the suite of six short pieces is highlighted by two additions to the Ellington Orchestra's canon of gorgeous "sweet" tunes in slow tempo & dreamy timbre, "Sunset and the Mocking Bird," and "The Single Petal of a Rose." A unique and evocative, almost fairy-tale-like story in the annals of discography, imagining the Duke presenting a Queen with a personal record for her ears only recalls the era of chivalry. A noble gift from a Duke to a Queen. Nobody else would have done it. And the music is beautiful.
This review refers to the Pablo Best of Ellington. For some reason Amazon has attached it to Best of Ellingtons from other record companies too, which are completely different records and which I haven't heard. I would give any Duke record a presumptive 5 stars until proven otherwise, but the Pablo Best Of is the only one I thoroughly vouch for.
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