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4 Feb 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 4 Feb 2010
  • Label: Barajazz
  • Copyright: (c) 2010 Barajazz
  • Total Length: 1:04:38
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  • ASIN: B0037V0UHC
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,778 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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You'd be better off tracking down "Chronological Classics #539: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 1924-1927" (go look on archive.org for a free download of this) to listen to these recordings from 90 years ago in a similarly over-denoised state; I think both this collection and the Chronological Classics may well have simply been ripped from redhotjazz.com (another good place to hear this music for free) and other low bitrate sources. Actually, take that back; the recordings at redhotjazz.com often sound better than these (despite the low sample rate used for their real audio files: 11025Hz!)

On this release there is audible distortion at points (caused by severe digital peaking/clipping) and some fake "stereo" added to these mono recordings. Terrible.

I recommend The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition and the Early Ellington 3 CD set which both pick up the majority of these sides in much better quality.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hot Jazz From The 20's 12 Nov 2007
By COMPUTERJAZZMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When you think of the music of Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, what comes to mind first? Songs like "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", and "Take The A Train". But this music predates all of that stuff. This was the music that Duke Ellington played up at The Cotton Club in Harlem during the Roaring Twenties, the age of hot jazz, flappers, and prohibition. Bubber Miley was the featured trumpet player with the band at the time, and boy can he play! This music sounds exactly the way it pout down on wax for old 78 RPM records, so there is no digital remastering, but the recordings are good for the time and do not sound scratchy so they must have come from the masters.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Picture Apple-cheeked Flappers Dancing All Night To Ellington's Exquisite Jazz! 18 Dec 2005
By TommyEaseTheChill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This collection of early Duke Ellington sides is like a chic musical time machine back to another age -- the Jazz Age. Like F. Scott Fitzgerald's innocently sexy and yet sadly knowing early short stories, ("Flappers and Philosophers" and "Tales of the Jazz Age") this music brings back memories of Flappers and Sheikhs, Art Deco furnishings, sophisticated college girls with bobbed hair and Egyptian jewelry drinking from flasks and dancing on table tops. Indeed, when the Ellington band swings it's impossible not to picture the feminine side of Flaming Youth dressed to the nines in sequins and pearls and depicted forever in exquisite John Held Jr. drawings.

But the music -- what about the music? It's hot jazz, but with a lot of Ellington's delicate and imaginative piano work thrown in. Fast numbers like "Tiger Rag" and "Flaming Youth" were obviously dance tunes, designed to make apple-cheeked flappers dance till the cows came home (or until some dark and very good looking "Sheikh" carried them off to a waiting roadster for some innocent necking and petting!)

But then again, several of the quieter songs, like "Swampy River" and "I Must Have That Man" are positively oozing with sweetly languid melancholy and delicately expressed romantic yearning. No doubt the mood of these songs was more suited to solitary listening -- picture a lovelorn flapper in pajamas, lounging on satin cushions, painting her nails and waiting for the phone to jingle. Or perhaps just watching the rain fall against the window after an especially late night, remembering the night before, and rather sleepily reminiscing about the boy who got away.

Duke Ellington's main appeal was to white audiences, but one of his great achievements was to inject even his most "popular" tunes with authentic African feeling. "Saturday Night Function," the last tune on this CD, has the sound of an old time Negro spiritual, while "Diga Diga Doo" trades in the glamor and exoticism of voodoo rites and African magic. It's not hard to imagine that one or two of the apple-cheeked, golden-haired flappers who danced so passionately to this sizzling jazz music found themselves almost unconsciously changing their assumptions about the "place" of black folks in American life.
6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Oh yeah terrible sound. It's only 80 years old dumb@$$! 25 Mar 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Boy oh boy, do I get tired of stupids b!tching about the sound on old recordings and giving them poor ratings. Just because it is not crystal clear does not mean you should give it a rating worthy of something by My Chemical Faggot Romance! Anyway,this period is often called the "jungle" period of the Duke because of the wild muted trumpet sound of the era that this cd calls it. Bubber Miley was largely influenced by the criminally unrecognized King Oliver(1885-1938) who was also the mentor and "idol" to Louis Armstrong(1901-1971). He had to leave Duke because of his problems with alcohol in 1929 and Duke wouldn't have a trumpeter as wild as Bubber until Cat Anderson. This cd is essential Duke and has some of the best jazz of the twenties. Duke was one of the few who survived into the thirties but those who did not were some of the best such as Fletcher Henderson(1897-1952), Joe "King" Oliver(1885-1938), and the self proclaimed "King of Jazz" Paul Whiteman(1890-1967).

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Songs, Bad Sound 25 Feb 2005
By Books & Music - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had high hopes for this album when I bought it, but unfortunately, like much of the music from this era, it's nearly unlistenable due to the poor sound quality. That said, the songs/musicians here are of such great quality that occassionally their genius rises through the murk. Still, I would only recommend buying this set if you're a Duke collector, or if you don't mind listening to something that sounds like it's playing on a 80 yr old phonograph.
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