Duke Ellington Chronological Classics

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928-1929 (1990)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Feb. 20, 2018
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928-1929 (1990)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928-1929 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 247 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 178 MB | Covers (12 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 559)

The main change for the Duke Ellington Orchestra during this period was that the increasingly unreliable Bubber Miley (an alcoholic) was fired by Ellington in January 1929 and quickly replaced by Cootie Williams. Otherwise, the personnel was stable, featuring trombonist Joe Tricky Sam Nanton, altoist Johnny Hodges, and clarinetist Barney Bigard as key soloists along with trumpeters Miley, Arthur Whetsol, and Freddie Jenkins. Most of the selections from this era border on the classic, with highlights including Miley's spot on "Bandanna Babies," "I Must Have That Man," "Harlemania," and a two-part version of "Tiger Rag."

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928 (1990)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Feb. 17, 2018
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928 (1990)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 319 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 182 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 550)

During 1928, the main stars of Duke Ellington's orchestra (in addition to the leader/pianist/composer/arranger) were trumpeter Bubber Miley, trombonist Joe Tricky Sam Nanton, clarinetist Barney Bigard, and (starting in June) altoist Johnny Hodges. All of the master takes (including ones for different labels) are being reissued in the Classics series. This disc is highlighted by "Black Beauty" (particularly Ellington's solo piano version), the heated "Hot and Bothered" (featuring guest guitarist Lonnie Johnson and singer Baby Cox), "Louisiana," and "I Can't Give You Anything but Love." Two songs feature singer Ozie Ware backed by a small combo taken from Ellington's big band. This CD has plenty of timeless classics, most of which are also available in other reissue programs.

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1927-1928 (1990)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Feb. 15, 2018
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1927-1928 (1990)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1927-1928 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 294 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 180 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 542)

As usual with the Classics series, the music on this CD is released complete and in chronological order, covering the music originally released by several record labels but without including alternate takes. In the case of Duke Ellington, because he would frequently record the same song slightly rearranged on several occasions for different companies, there are multiple versions of some titles on this CD, but the alternate versions that he made for the labels have been left out. During the very important period covered by this disc, the Duke Ellington Orchestra (having recently found their sound) was hired by the Cotton Club as the house band and they hit the big time…

Duke Ellington - The Blanton-Webster Band (3CD) (1986) {Bluebird}  Music

Posted by TestTickles at Dec. 31, 2017
Duke Ellington - The Blanton-Webster Band (3CD) (1986) {Bluebird}

Duke Ellington - The Blanton-Webster Band (3CD) (1986) {Bluebird}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 702 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 496 mb
Genre: jazz, big band

The Blanton-Webster Band is a 1986 compilation album by American jazz pianist Duke Ellington. It consists of three CD's focusing on his material in the early 1940's, including a number of tracks with vocalists. It was released by Bluebird via RCA/BMG.
Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington - The Stockholm Concert, 1966 (1984)

Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington - The Stockholm Concert, 1966 (1984)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 218 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 88 MB | Covers - 29 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Pablo (00025218024228)

After an auspicious beginning with the Chick Webb band and long solo run featuring a celebrated string of songbook albums on Verve (Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, etc.), Ella Fitzgerald maintained her high profile from the mid-'60s onward, mostly by touring the world and - to a lesser extent - recording a series of enjoyable dates for Pablo. This informal-sounding, never before released Stockholm concert recording from 1966 shows why Fitzgerald as primarily a live performer is not such a bad thing. Backed by Duke Ellington's orchestra and her own trio of pianist Jimmy Jones, bassist Joe Comfort, and drummer Gus Johnson, she shows off her incredible interpretive skills on a mix of standards heavy with Ellington and Strayhorn classics…
Della Reese with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - On the Radio: The 1962 "Live" Guard Sessions (2008)

Della Reese with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - On the Radio:
The 1962 "Live" Guard Sessions (2008)

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Swing, Big Band | Label: Acrobat | # AMACD024 | 00:51:50

Della Reese was born Deloreese Patricia Early on July 6, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan and began singing in her local church from an early age. In late 1953 Della signed on with The Erskine Hawkins Orchestra and moved to New York and soon had a recording contract with Jubilee Records. Duke Ellington really needs no introduction, being considered by many as the greatest American composer of the 20th Century. His orchestra, over its 50 plus years of performing and recording, launched the careers of many of jazz's greatest stars. The line up for this 1962 performance still featured such respected alumni as Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonsalves. This unique live concert broadcast featuring Della Reese and The Duke Ellington Orchestra was recorded on February 13, 1962 in New York City as part of a radio series specifically designed to promote a National Guard recruiting effort.
Duke Ellington - Early Ellington: The Complete Brunswick and Vocalion Recordings 1926-1931 (1994) [3CD Set] {Decca Jazz}

Duke Ellington - Early Ellington: The Complete Brunswick and Vocalion Recordings 1926-1931 (1994) [3CD Set] {Decca Jazz}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 625 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 429 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 140 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1994 Decca Jazz / MCA / GRP | GRD-3-640
Jazz / Big Band / Early Jazz / Swing

Duke Ellington recorded for Brunswick from 1926 to 1931, the period in which his great talent and great orchestra first flowered, whether the band was recording under his own name or such pseudonyms as the Washingtonians or the Jungle Band. The earliest recordings are highlighted by the presence of trumpeter Bubber Miley and trombonist "Tricky Sam" Nanton, whose brilliant work with plunger mutes for vocal effects did much to define the early sound–which, in turn, rapidly evolved and expanded with the additions of Harry Carney, Johnny Hodges, and Cootie Williams. While the band's repertoire included many blues and popular songs, its distinctive identity emerges from early renditions of such trademark pieces as "East St. Louis Toodle-O," "Black and Tan Fantasy," "The Mooche," and "Mood Indigo." By the end of the period covered in this set, Ellington's ambitious later suites–some of them CD-length–are portended in the elegant extended composition "Creole Rhapsody," his clearly superior contribution to the symphonic jazz movement.
Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra - 12 Releases {The Chronological Classics} (1990-1992)

Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra - 12 Releases {The Chronological Classics} (1990-1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 3,25 Gb | 13:56:34 | Scans included
New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland, Swing | Label: The Chronological Classics

James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson Jr. (December 18, 1897 – December 29, 1952) was an American pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big band jazz and swing music. He was one of the most prolific black musical arrangers and, along with Duke Ellington, is considered one of the most influential arrangers and bandleaders in jazz history. Henderson's influence was vast. He helped bridge the gap between the Dixieland and the swing eras. He was often known as Smack Henderson (apparently because of his skill as a batter playing baseball in college).
Harry James & His Orchestra - The Chronological Classics: 1942 (2001)

Harry James & His Orchestra - The Chronological Classics: 1942 (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 166.47 Mb | 76:27 | Scans included
Big Band, Swing | Country: USA | Label: Classics - 1178

This eighth installment in the Classics Harry James chronology assembles all of his Columbia studio recordings made between February 24 and July 22, 1942, beginning with four superb instrumentals. "By the Sleepy Lagoon," a pretty tone poem later parodied by Spike Jones as "Sloppy Lagoon," is followed with the boogie-woogie-based "Trumpet Blues and Cantabile," a slow sweet "Easter Parade," and an eminently danceable version of "Crazy Rhythm." One change that occurred in 1941 was the departure of tenor saxophonist Vido Musso and the arrival of young Gene "Corky" Corcoran.
Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges - Side By Side (1959) [APO Remaster 2012] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges - Side By Side (1959) [Analogue Productions '2012]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:46 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,33 GB
or FLAC(from DSD64, converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front cover | 897 MB

This 1959 Verve record is a collaboration between Ellington and saxophonist Johnny Hodges. Hodges takes the lead on most of the tracks, backed by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on piano and well-known jazz musicians like Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison and Jo Jones.