COMPOSERS: Duke Ellington
LABELS: Victor Jazz
WORKS: Sophisticated Lady
PERFORMER: Duke Ellington (p) with his famous orchestra (1940-42; 1944-46)
CATALOGUE NO: 09026 68516 2
Culled from the two absolute classic Ellington periods which produced the previous compilations Black, Brown and Beige and The Blanton-Webster Band, this 19-track CD provides, at last, the answer to that perennial question: ‘If I wanted only one Duke Ellington album, which one should I buy?’, including as it does the definitive versions of all the band’s most celebrated pieces.