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The Duke's Men: Small Groups, Vol. 1


Download links and information about The Duke's Men: Small Groups, Vol. 1 by Duke Ellington. This album was released in 1991 and it belongs to Jazz genres. It contains 45 tracks with total duration of 02:06:02 minutes.

Artist: Duke Ellington
Release date: 1991
Genre: Jazz
Tracks: 45
Duration: 02:06:02
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No. Title Length
1. Stingaree 3:02
2. Baby, Ain'tcha Satisfied? 2:59
3. Tough Truckin' 3:06
4. Indigo Echoes (featuring Duke Ellington's Sextet) 2:50
5. Rexatious 2:44
6. Lazy Man's Shuffle 2:56
7. Clouds In My Heart 2:56
8. Frolic Sam 2:58
9. Caravan 3:04
10. Stompy Jones 2:38
11. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me 2:50
12. Downtown Uproar (featuring Unknown) 2:40
13. Diga Diga Doo 2:49
14. Blue Reverie 2:53
15. Tiger Rag 2:35
16. My Honey's Loving Arms 2:47
17. Did Anyone Ever Tell You (featuring Unknown) 2:57
18. Alabamy Home (featuring Unknown) 3:00
19. Where Are You (featuring Unknown) 2:53
20. Lament for a Lost Love (featuring The Barney Bigard) 2:40
21. Four and One Half Street (featuring The Barney Bigard) 2:33
22. Demi-Tasse (featuring The Barney Bigard) 2:35
23. Jazz a la Carte (featuring The Barney Bigard) 2:31
24. Foolin' Myself (featuring Johnny Hodges) 2:57
25. A Sailboat In the Moonlight 3:02
26. You'll Never Get to Heaven (featuring Unknown) 2:26
27. Peckin' (featuring Johnny Hodges) 3:06
28. Get It Southern Style (featuring Unknown) 2:40
29. Moonlight Fiesta (featuring The Barney Bigard) 2:44
30. Sponge Cake and Spinach (featuring The Barney Bigard) 2:32
31. If You're Ever In My Arms Again (featuring Unknown) 2:51
32. The Back Room Romp (featuring Rex Stewart) 2:46
33. Love In My Heart (featuring Rex Stewart) 2:31
34. Sugar Hill Shim-Sham (featuring Rex Stewart) 2:34
35. Tea and Trumpets (featuring Rex Stewart) 2:30
36. Jubilesta (featuring Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters) 2:45
37. Watching (featuring Cootie Williams, Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters) 2:52
38. Pigeons and Peppers (featuring Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters) 2:51
39. I Can't Give You Anything But Love (featuring Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters) 2:32
40. Drummer's Delight (featuring The Barney Bigard) 2:24
41. If I Thought You Cared (featuring The Barney Bigard) 2:57
42. Have a Heart (featuring Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters) 2:43
43. My Day (featuring Unknown) 3:00
44. Silvery Moon and Golden Sands (featuring Unknown) 3:12
45. Echoes of Harlem 3:11



Escaping the rigors of the full orchestra, Duke Ellington’s small-group sessions allowed the band to relax and jam. It gave the maestro a chance to feature his most prominent sidemen in a looser setting and gave them leadership roles. Spanning December 1934 to January 1938, this set is filled with nifty little gems (often with rather sly arrangements) that are no less rewarding for their casual atmosphere. The various bands — ranging in size from six to nine, sometimes with a vocalist added — tried out some new tunes, borrowed some from the big band’s book, fiddled with standards and Tin Pan Alley, or perhaps wrote vamps on the spot. There are exuberant blowing showcases, mysterious mood pieces, sweet ballads, and quirky novelties. “Indigo Echoes,” a sinuous, seductively slow bluesy number from 1935, features two bassists (and no drummer) behind Rex Stewart (cornet), Johnny Hodges (soprano), Harry Carney (baritone), and the Duke on piano. A session in December of 1936, led by clarinetist Barney Bigard and featuring trumpeter Cootie Williams and trombonist Juan Tizol, yielded four treasures: the bittersweet “Clouds in My Heart,” a playful “Frolic Sam,” Tizol’s exotic “Caravan” (recorded here for the first time), and “Stompy Jones,” one from the orchestra’s repertoire. A Stewart-led session from July of 1937 is also particularly strong, including the vivacious “Back Room Romp” and cheerful “Love In My Heart.”