The Radio Years 1940-45


Down the years, from the 1920s to the 1970s, the music of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington dominated the world of jazz and his orchestra interpreted his glorious works with intensity and passion. The Duke Ellington Orchestra of 1940-1942 was one of the truly great bands with a library of arrangements penned by the Duke that were quite remarkable in terms of originality and musical concept. This disc contains two complete broadcasts originating from New York City. The songs and the arrangements so lovingly crafted by a pure genius will live on far into the 21st century. This splendid CD is but a small reminder of his magnificent orchestra and his huge talent as a musician.

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra

Let’s Dance
East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
Big John’s Special
Ko Ko
The Hour of Parting
Blue Goose
Seven Come Eleven [Sextet]
So Far, So Good
Where Do I Go from You?
Cotton Tail
Concerto for Cootie
Let’s Dance
Jack the Bear
Board Meeting
Boy Meets Horn
Where Do I Go from You?
The Sergeant Was Shy
Six Appeal (Sextet)
Never No Lament (Don’t Get Around Much Anymore)
Black and Tan Fantasy
The Mood to Be Wooed
Let’s Dance
Frantic Fantasy
The Count
C Jam Blues
Time Was
Air-Conditioned Jungle
Clarinet a la King
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Soft as Spring
Rockin’ in Rhythm
Take the “A” Train
Caprice XXIV Paganini
A Smo-O-O-Oth One

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