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Duke Ellington Orchestra: Big Bands Live

Read "Big Bands Live" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

By 1967, the heyday of the big band was over. Rock and Roll ruled as the popular music of the day, and the financial challenges of keeping a large ensemble together for recording--and especially touring--were huge. But Duke Ellington--one of American's finest bandleaders, pianists, and composers--was more than just a genius in the field of music. He also succeeded as a business man, keeping his orchestra not only busy on the road, but also creating his finest art--what he called ...

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Duke Ellington Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 1

Read "The Treasury Shows, Vol. 1" reviewed by Dave Nathan

On April 7, 1945, Duke Ellington begand a series of shows sponsored by the U. S. Treasury Department which ended 45 shows later on October 5, 1946. These albums were released by Sweden's Phontastic label's Nostalgia Series beginning in the early 1980's. Now almost 20 years later, Denmark's excellent Storyville label begins an undertaking to reissue all of these sessions on CD. Not a favorable commentary on our domestic labels when important sessions of this country's greatest composer have to ...


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