Duke Ellington's Finest Hour

Duke Ellington's Finest Hour

by Duke Ellington
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0731458941521
catalogNumber:
589415

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Mercer Ellington   Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Elvin Jones   Drums
Jo Jones   Drums
Ray Nance   Cornet
Spann   Guitar
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Aaron Bell   Bass
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Rufus "Speedy" Jones   Drums
Louis Metcalf   Trumpet
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Chuck Connors   Bass Trombone
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
John Coltrane   Track Performer
Buster Cooper   Trombone
Fred Guy   Banjo
Hall   Bass
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Rudy Jackson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Jenkins   Trumpet
John Lamb   Bass
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Prince Robinson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jungle Band   Track Performer
Herbie Jones   Trumpet
Otto Hardwick   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra   Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Kentucky Club Orchestra   Track Performer
Washingtonians   Track Performer
Edward Kennedy Ellington   Indexed Contributor

Technical Credits

Norman Granz   Producer
Walter Jones   Cover Photo
Bob Thiele   Producer
Andrew Homzy   Liner Notes

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