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Duke Ellington's Finest Hour


Download links and information about Duke Ellington's Finest Hour by Duke Ellington. This album was released in 2002 and it belongs to Jazz genres. It contains 17 tracks with total duration of 01:03:05 minutes.

Artist: Duke Ellington
Release date: 2002
Genre: Jazz
Tracks: 17
Duration: 01:03:05
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No. Title Length
1. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo (featuring His Kentucky Club Orchestra) 2:54
2. Black and Tan Fantasy (featuring The Washingtonians) 3:19
3. Jubilee Stomp (featuring His Cotton Club Orchestra) 2:46
4. Black Beauty (2nd Take) (featuring The Hotsy Totsy Gang) 3:14
5. The Mooche (featuring His Cotton Club Orchestra) 3:13
6. Rent Party Blues (featuring The Jungle Band) 3:27
7. Double Check Stomp (featuring The Jungle Band) 2:53
8. Mood Indigo (featuring The Jungle Band) 2:58
9. Creole Rhapsody, Pt. 1 (featuring Duke Ellington And His Orchestra) 3:09
10. Creole Rhapsody, Pt. 2 (Take A) (featuring The Jungle Band, Duke Ellington And His Orchestra, Earl Jackson) 3:21
11. Stompy Jones (featuring Johnny Hodges) 6:39
12. Self Portrait (of the Bean) (featuring Coleman Hawkins) 3:54
13. In a Sentimental Mood (featuring John Coltrane) 4:16
14. Take the A Train (Live 7/28/66 Cote D'Azur) (featuring Duke Ellington And His Orchestra) 4:56
15. Prelude to a Kiss (Live 7/28/66 Cote D'Azur) (featuring Duke Ellington And His Orchestra) 4:29
16. Sophisticated Lady/Solitude (Live Whitney Museum) 4:45
17. Satin Doll (Live Whitney Museum) 2:52



Perhaps the most beautiful thing about this entry in Verve's Finest Hour series is that it covers 46 years in Ellington's career, from the very beginning of his recording career in 1926, to the very end in 1972. There are brilliant stops along the way with the Blanton/Webster edition of the band, and many of the '30s versions of his classics as well. Both parts of "Creole Rhapsody" are here, as are rather unexpected entries like "Stompy Jones," and "Self Portrait (Of a Bean)." There are better collections to be sure, but this is not one to discount for its cheesy title or for its sound, which is exceptionally good.