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The Duke's Men: Small Groups, Vol. 1 ()

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In the '30s, Ellington started recording prolifically with small groups taken from his big band. It gave him an opportunity to both debut new works and to let his sidemen stretch out and act as leaders once in awhile (under his direction). This two-disc set contains 45 recordings, almost all of them brilliant, including sessions ostensibly under the leadership of cornetist Rex Stewart (including two selections cut before he joined Ellington), clarinetist Barney Bigard, trumpeter Cootie Williams, and altoist Johnny Hodges. ...

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  1. Stingaree
  2. Baby, Ain't You Satisfied
  3. Tough Truckin'
  4. Indigo Echoes
  5. Rexatious
  6. Lazy Man's Shuffle
  7. Clouds in My Heart
  8. Frolic Sam
  9. Caravan
  10. Stompy Jones
  11. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
  12. Downtown Uproar
  13. Diga Diga Doo
  14. Blue Reverie
  15. Tiger Rag
  16. My Honey's Lovin' Arms
  17. Did Anyone Ever Tell You?
  18. Alabamy Home
  19. Where Are You?
  20. Lament for a Lost Love
  21. Four and One-Half Street
  22. Demi-Tasse (Each Day)
  23. Jazz a la Carte
  24. Foolin' Myself
  25. A Sailboat in the Moonlight
  26. You'll Never Go to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)
  27. Peckin'
  28. Get It Southern Style
  29. Moonlight Fiesta
  30. Sponge Cake and Spinach
  31. If You're Ever in My Arms Again
  32. Back Room Romp
  33. Love in My Heart (Swing Baby Swing)
  34. Sugar Hill Shim Sham
  35. Tea and Trumpets
  36. Jubilesta
  37. Watching
  38. Pigeons and Peppers
  39. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  40. Drummer's Delight
  41. If I Thought You Cared
  42. Have a Heart (Lost in Meditation)
  43. My Day
  44. Silvery Moon and Golden Sands
  45. Echoes of Harlem
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The Duke's Men: Small Groups, Vol. 1
1991, Columbia

UPC: 074644699524

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