Duke Ellington – Giants Of The Big Band Era
• Hear some of the greatest jazz songs ever by the great band leader, Duke Ellington
• An icon of the jazz and big band era, this CD features some of the Duke’s greatest songs including Pretty Woman and Take the ‘A’ Train
• This is a can’t miss for your jazz and big band collections
Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years.
The two aspects of his career were related; Ellington used his band as a musical laboratory for his new compositions and shaped his writing specifically to showcase the talents of his band members, many of whom remained with him for long periods.
Often collaborating with others, Ellington wrote more than one thousand compositions; his extensive body of work is the largest recorded personal jazz legacy, with many of his works having become standards. Following an appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival, in July 1956, Ellington and his orchestra enjoyed a major career revival and embarked on world tours.
Due to his inventive use of the orchestra, or big band, and thanks to his eloquence and charisma, Ellington is generally considered to have elevated the perception of jazz to an art form on a par with other more traditional musical genres. His reputation continued to rise after he died, and he was awarded a special posthumous Pulitzer Prize for music in 1999.
Take The ‘A’ Train
Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me
Frankie & Johnny
One O’Clock Jump