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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 February 2012
This is a cracking bargain: 40 Ellington numbers spanning 30 years of composition & performance from 1928-58, over 2 cds. Overall the digital remastering works well, though the limitations of the earlier pieces are obviously heard, but the energy and invention throughout dispels any reservations. Almost all the classics are here, and you can enjoy the electricity of them on the Amazon sampler.

Although the majority of the tracks come in around the 3 minute mark, we're also treated to three substantial tracks around the 8 minute mark, which really allows the piece to spread its wings, and for us to marvel at both composition and performance. Lovely, joyful jazz throughout, deceptively effortless and melodically memorable. At some mouth-wateringly bargain prices on the Amazon site, this should be snapped up without delay.
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This 2 CD set is presented as a chronological career retrospective covering the period 1927 to 1958 and includes many defining performances from the period. The 40 selections are divided into Disc 1 covering 1928 to 1937 and Disc 2 covering 1938 to 1958. Both the recording techniques and style of performance change dramatically from one disc to the other. Virtually all the performances included are Ellington compositions and so the review is of both composition and performance. The liner notes by Peter Gamble also include personnel details for the recordings but you will need a magnifying glass to read them as the print is very small. The running times are approx 60 and 78 minutes respectively. This set both looks good in its packaging and has very good sound quality throughout.
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on 1 February 2013
The Essential Duke Ellington CD is one of his best, I can recommend it to any Jazz lover, one of the best.
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on 24 July 2015
Replacing all my old, worn-out vinyl and this CD more than covers one of my favourite Ellington LPs.
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on 27 December 2014
So much lovely music on two CDs they don't come like Duke an more
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on 29 December 2014
cant fault it, music of a different era - brilliant.
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on 16 February 2016
Is a nice cd and your delivery was very nice
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on 4 October 2015
A good addition to Ellington CD Collection
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on 17 November 2015
Good collection of the Duke's music
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on 14 February 2015
Good
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