Music Review

Duke Ellington Vol. 1 (1927-34) (1994)

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Details Lead Performance: Duke Ellington; Genre: Jazz

The hallmarks of Duke Ellington's Jungle Band — growling brass that hinted of danger and strange-sounding reed harmonies that skinned the ears of '20s sophisticates — have never sounded more vibrant than on this volume of his earliest hits, Duke Ellington, Vol. 1 (1927-34). Original recordings of ''The Mooche,'' ''Black and Tan Fantasy,'' and ''Creole Love Call'' — numbers that belong in any basic jazz collection — have been brilliantly remastered in digital stereo. A

Originally posted Jun 24, 1994 Published in issue #228-229 Jun 24, 1994 Order article reprints
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