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Duke Ellington between 1940 and 1942

For many critics, the band Duke Ellington led from 1940-42 was his very best, packed with stars like Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster who inspired a string of classic Ellington compositions. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from an immortal ensemble.

1 hour

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Sun 3 Jun 2018 00:00

Music Played

  • Duke Ellington & Jimmy Blanton

    Jack the Bear

    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 2.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Ko Ko

    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 3.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Concerto For Cootie

    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 7.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Cottontail

    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 9.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Harlem Air Shaft

    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 15.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Sepia Panorama

    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 20.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    In A Mellotone

    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 22.
  • Duke Ellington And The Blanton-Webster Band

    Warm Valley

    • DUKE ELLINGTON &THE BLANTON-WEBSTER BAND.
    • BLUEBIRD/RCA.
    • 2.
  • Duke Ellington And The Blanton-Webster Band

    The Flaming Sword

    • the Blanton Webster Band.
    • RCA BLuebird.
    • 3.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Across The Track Blues

    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 4.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Take The A Train

    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 10.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Are You Sticking?

    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 16.
  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra

    I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good

    • THE BLANTON-WEBSTER BAND.
    • RCA.
    • 20.
  • Duke Ellington & His Band

    Chelsea Bridge

    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 6.
  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra

    What Am I Here For?

    • THE BLANTON-WEBSTER BAND.
    • RCA.
    • 13.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Main Stem

    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 17.

Duke Ellington 1940-1942

Jack The Bear

Duke Ellington 

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

3.15

Jimmy Blanton, b; Barney Bigard, cl; Cootie Williams, t.

 

Ko-Ko

Duke Ellington 

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

2.39

Juan Tizol, vtb; Tricky Sam Nanton, tb; Jimmy Blanton, b.

 

Concerto for Cootie

Duke Ellington 

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

3.19

Cootie Williams, t.

 

Cottontail

Duke Ellington 

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

3.08

Cootie Williams, t; Ben Webster, t.

 

Harlem Air Shaft

Duke Ellington 

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

2.57

Tricky Sam Nanton, tb; Cootie Williams, t; Barney Bigard, cl.

 

Sepia Panorama

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2 

3.19

Jimmy Blanton, b; Juan Tizol, vtb; Cootie Williams, t.

 

In a Mellotone

Duke Ellington 

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

3.17

Jimmy Blanton, b; Cootie Williams, t; Johnny Hodges, as.

 

Warm Valley

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

3.20

Johnny Hodges, as; Rex Stewart, c.

 

Flaming Sword

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

3.06

Cootie Williams, t; Barney Bigard, cl; Juan Tizol, vtb.

 

Across the Track Blues

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

2.58

Barney Bigard, cl; Rex Stewart, c; Lawrence Brown, tb.

 

 

Take the A Train

Duke Ellington 

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

2.54

Ray Nance, t.

 

Are You Sticking?

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

3.03

Barney Bigard, cl.

 

I Got it Bad and That Ain’t Good

Duke Ellington 

Duke Ellington / Ben Webster

RCA 74321 13181 2

3.17

Johnny Hodges, as; Ivie Anderson, v.

 

Chelsea Bridge

Duke Ellington 

Billy Strayhorn

RCA 74321 13181 2

2.52

Billy Strayhorn, p; Ben Webster, t; Juan Tizol, vtb.

 

What am I Here For?

Duke Ellington 

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

3.28

Tricky Sam Nanton, tb; Rex Stewart, c; Ben Webster, t.

 

Main Stem

Duke Ellington 

Duke Ellington

RCA 74321 13181 2

2.47

Rex Stewart, c; Johnny Hodges, as; Barney Bigard, cl; Ray Nance, t;Tricky Sam Nanton, tb; Lawrence Brown, tb.

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