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Duke Ellington: At The Cotton Club

Read "At The Cotton Club" reviewed by Chris Mosey

These recordings by Duke Ellington from 1937-39 emphasize his unique place in the history of jazz.

On the eve of the Swing Era, they open with a solo piano piece. Ellington introduces it as “Swing Session" but it's actually “Soda Fountain Rag," the first piece he ever wrote, in 1913, aged 14, while ...