Best of the War Years

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Best of the War Years features a selection of the "V-Disc'" recordings bandleader Duke Ellington recorded with his ensemble between 1940 and 1942. Considered prime years for the Ellington band, it was during this period that two Musicians' Union strikes hindered recording opportunities for them as well as other seminal swing bands. This made the V-Disc recordings -- records cut by the government for U.S. servicemen in World War II -- one of the only lasting accounts of many stellar ensembles. While not as thorough a collection as Collectables' V-Disc Recordings, which goes through 1945, this Stardust compilation filters the Ellington tracks down to a useful core list. ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Best of the War Years features a selection of the "V-Disc'" recordings bandleader Duke Ellington recorded with his ensemble between 1940 and 1942. Considered prime years for the Ellington band, it was during this period that two Musicians' Union strikes hindered recording opportunities for them as well as other seminal swing bands. This made the V-Disc recordings -- records cut by the government for U.S. servicemen in World War II -- one of the only lasting accounts of many stellar ensembles. While not as thorough a collection as Collectables' V-Disc Recordings, which goes through 1945, this Stardust compilation filters the Ellington tracks down to a useful core list. Included are such classic numbers as "Take the 'A' Train," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • UPC: 741157132724
  • Catalog Number: 1327

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano, Leader
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Billy Bauer Guitar
Woody Herman Clarinet
Johnny Hodges Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ray Nance Trumpet, Violin
Red Norvo Vibes
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Rex Stewart Cornet
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Tony Aless Piano
Sonny Berman Trumpet
Chubby Jackson Bass
Herb Jeffries Vocals
Taft Jordan Trumpet
John LaPorta Alto Saxophone
Don Lamond Drums
Shorty Rogers Trumpet
Ivie Anderson Vocals
Jimmy Blanton Bass
Sonny Greer Drums
Harold Baker Trumpet
Barney Bigard Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Mickey Folus Tenor Saxophone
Fred Guy Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill Trumpet
Claude Jones Trombone
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet
Sam Marowitz Alto Saxophone
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton Trombone
Sam Rubinwich Baritone Saxophone
Juan Tizol Valve Trombone
Elmer "Skippy" Williams Tenor Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris Trombone
Wallace Jones Trumpet
Ed Kiefer Trombone
Ralph Pfiffner Trombone
Junior Raglin Bass
Bernard Flood Trumpet
Francis Williams Trumpet
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
The Bill Harris Quintet Trombone
Lawrence D. Brown Trombone
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Mercer Ellington Composer
Jay Gordon Composer
Edmund Anderson Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Barney Bigard Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Chick Corea Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Eddie Durham Composer
Ted Grouya Composer
Billy Strayhorn Arranger, Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Meredith Willson Composer
Athan Maroulis Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Art Direction, Annotation
Jack Baker Composer
Eunah Lee Graphic Design
Alberto Dominguez Composer
H.J. Lengsfelder Composer
Sylvia Dee Composer
George Fragos Composer
Sol Marcus Composer
Ted Persons Composer
Eddie Seiler Composer
Dick Gasparre Composer
Mort Van Duyke Composer
Leonard Whitcup Composer
Traditional Composer
Peggy Logan Copy Editing
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