Now available! Duke Ellington's earliest and rarest titles in one incredible set demonstrating how Ellington's genius evolved through the hot jazz & swinging dance band traditions of the 1920s.
When Duke Ellington took over the Washingtonians from Elmer Snowden in 1924, a band of rare quality launched the careers of some of the greatest musicians in Jazz history - including Ellington himself – as composer, bandleader, pianist and future genius in the world of music.
The essential and earliest recordings of the first Duke Ellington incarnation, The Washingtonians. Including the rare Blu-Disc and Gennett sides with Bubber Miley, Sonny Greer, Charlie Irvis, Don Redman, George Thomas and a host of world class soloists and sidemen. All heard in the best sound ever with extensive notes by Ellington expert Joel O’Sickey.
24 Sweet Mama (Papa's Gettin' Mad)
25 Stack O'Lee Blues
26 Bugle Call Rag
Please note: The Frog booklet for this release failed to make clear that besides providing the excellent notes for this issue Joel O'Sickey together with Nick Dellow and Mark Berresford provided the majority of the original 78 transfers, which Nick then restored together with the other transfers provided. The label pictures on page 16 were from the Joel O'Sickey collection and Randy Stehle kindly provided his copy of Vocalion 1086 for transfer.