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Duke Ellington [Box set]

Duke Ellington Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Membran Media
  • ASIN: B0009V2C7O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Budget Jazz 7 Oct 2011
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All of these 10-cd sets from Membran offer excellent value - the best in terms of minutes of music/ that I've ever found - on pre-1950s Jazz (all of which is out of copyright, which explains the low price). The catch is always the same - no booklet, no liner notes whatsoever, no disc/sessionography of any sort. You get track names, but not the dates on which they were performed. If you can look beyond this however you will find no more cost-effective a way to expand your Jazz library. I wouldn't really recommend any of these sets to jazz newcomers, because the overwhelming quantity of music (about 10 hours of music) can be rather off-putting, especially without any notes or supplementary material.

In each case, one also has to ask whether one really wants so much music by the same artist? In the case of Duke Ellington, most jazz enthusiasts should enthusiastically say yes! The Duke is one of the most important figures in Jazz, and although this set by no means covers the whole of his career, it pretty effectively showcases the best of the earlier part of his career (pre-1950). Despite the budget price, the sound on all these has been cleaned up and is as good as you can get for music from this period.

Although as noted there are no supplementary notes or information, the tracks do seem to be arranged chronologically, and a little searching in online discographies gives you an idea of what is exactly on offer here. Interestingly, although Ellington's recording career starts as early as the 1920s, the earliest recordings on here seem to date from 1938, which is just as well as this is when the music gets especially good.

All the music on the discs is Ellington with a big band, his preferred format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic selection of Ellington music 14 July 2014
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Incredible value for money, great music. No information except the titles, but if you need more there is plenty of info on the internet.
The music traces the period 1938 through 1947.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good music and good value 2 Aug 2013
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Lots of unusual stuff on here mixed up with better known tracks well worth the money
It would be nice if Amazon would start to pay their fair share of taxes [legal loopholes notwithstanding, no self employed individual would get away with what they get away with] and began to respect their workforce a bit more. At this rate it wont be possible to use them anymore
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection 23 Sep 2007
By Gary Himself - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These sets from Membran Music are great, aside from the complete lack of information beyond song titles and track numbers. By searching a jazz album data base, I was able to identify the ten previously released albums that comprise this Ellington set. They are:

1. Buffet Flat
2. Cotton Club Stomp
3. I Never Felt This Way Before (1930)
4. Dusk
5. After All
6. Moon Over Cuba
7. I'm Beginning To See The Light
8. Frantic Fantasy
9. Moon Indigo (1945)
10. Suddenly It Jumped
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immerse yourself in early Ellington for a song 19 Aug 2012
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
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The value of this set is, in my opinion, many times the asking price. Although the track list at the top of this page claims 97 songs, this 10-CD set actually contains 198 tracks, which is practically sold for a song considering the hours of music you get. I found the sound quality to be more than adequate.

Although I was unable to correlate the album listing cited by the author of the September 23, 2007 review, some of the CDs in this set did match known albums. An example is disc 2, which is Cotton Club Stomp. Still, that review reflects a great deal of research and effort and is very helpful.

What I was able to determine is the tracks in this set span nine years from 1938 through the first part of 1947. That means that this set contains tracks that are historic, such as the ones with Jimmy Blanton who is the father of modern bass. In fact, this material is from a golden period in Ellington's life - one in which his writing was arguably the most prolific and his compositions were among his best.

Earlier I stated that the sound was more than adequate. My basis for that is I rip my music to MP3 files and transfer them to my phone, which serves also as my music player. That process loses some clarity of the music, yet the final product still sounds very good to my ears. If you are an audiophile you are probably not going to like the sound quality.

While I have many more Ellington albums and am fond of his 50s and 60s recordings, I find myself listening to this collection frequently. The music is pure American classic. Anyone who loves Ellington's music or is exploring his creative genius for the first time will probably find this set to be the value that I did.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it and the service was great! 8 Jan 2013
By Lora - Published on Amazon.com
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Love it. Great CD and service. Music is wonderful. Very happy we bought it and will use this company again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Duke rules! 21 Mar 2013
By WriterGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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Duke Ellington is my favorite of the big band jazz masters. Whether I want perky, moody, sultry or jammin, I can't go wrong with listening to the Duke. This collection has a lot of music to last the most ardent enthusiast, although there are a few repeats. For the price, this is a real bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong!!! 10 Jan 2012
By Jeremy - Published on Amazon.com
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This 10 CD box set is an amazing value! The sound is great. You just can't miss when the individual CDs are less than $2 a piece!!!
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