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The Absolutely Essential 3CD Collection

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The Absolutely Essential 3CD Collection
The Absolutely Essential 3CD Collection


60 historical recordings from the Duke dating from the late '20s through to the '50s. Ellington was quoted in saying "there are two kinds of music. Good music and the other kind". This is all Good.


  1. Name
  2. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  3. Black And Tan Fantasy
  4. Black Beauty
  5. The Mooche
  6. Awful Sad
  7. Misty Mornin'
  8. Ring Dem Bells
  9. Old Man Blues
  10. Mood Indigo
  11. Rockin' In Rhythm
  12. Echoes Of The Jungle
  13. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  14. Creole Love Call
  15. Blue Ramble
  16. Sophisticated Lady
  17. Drop Me Off At Harlem
  18. Daybreak Express
  19. Delta Serenade
  20. Solitude
  21. Blue Feeling
  22. Take The 'A' Train
  23. Saddest Tale
  24. Moonglow
  25. In A Sentimental Mood
  26. Clarinet Lament (Barney's Concerto)
  27. Echoes Of Harlem (Cootie's Concerto)
  28. Black Butterfly
  29. Caravan
  30. Azure
  31. Diminuendo In Blue
  32. Crescendo In Blue
  33. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
  34. Prelude To A Kiss
  35. Jack The Bear
  36. Ko-Ko
  37. Concerto For Cootie
  38. Cotton Tail
  39. Never No Lament
  40. Bojangles (A Portrait Of Bill Robinson)
  41. A Portrait Of Bert Williams
  42. Satin Doll
  43. Harlem Air-Shaft
  44. Sepia Panorama
  45. In A Mellotone
  46. Warm Valley
  47. Day Dream
  48. Blue Serge
  49. Just A-Settin' And A-Rockin'
  50. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  51. Jump For Joy
  52. Chelsea Bridge
  53. Raincheck
  54. Perdido
  55. Moon Mist
  56. Main Stem
  57. I'm Beginning To See The Light
  58. Skin Deep
  59. Flamingo
  60. C Jam Blues
  61. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
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