Best of the War Years

Best of the War Years

by Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington


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The Best of the War Years features a selection of the "V-Disc'" recordings bandleader Duke Ellington recorded with his ensemble between 1940 and 1942. Considered prime years for the Ellington band, it was during this period that two Musicians' Union strikes hindered recording opportunities for them as well as other seminal swing bands. This made the V-Disc recordings -- records cut by the government for U.S. servicemen in World War II -- one of the only lasting accounts of many stellar ensembles. While not as thorough a collection as Collectables' V-Disc Recordings, which goes through 1945, this Stardust compilation filters the Ellington tracks down to a useful core list. Included are such classic numbers as "Take the 'A' Train," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2003
Label: Cleopatra
UPC: 0741157132724
catalogNumber: 1327
Rank: 231956

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Bill Harris   Trombone
Woody Herman   Clarinet
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin
Red Norvo   Vibes
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Tony Aless   Piano
Sonny Berman   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Chubby Jackson   Bass
Herb Jeffries   Vocals
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
John LaPorta   Alto Saxophone
Don Lamond   Drums
Shorty Rogers   Trumpet
Ivie Anderson   Vocals
Jimmy Blanton   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Mickey Folus   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Guy   Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Claude Jones   Trombone
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Sam Marowitz   Alto Saxophone
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Sam Rubinwich   Baritone Saxophone
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris   Trombone
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Ed Kiefer   Trombone
Ralph Pfiffner   Trombone
Junior Raglin   Bass
Bernard Flood   Trumpet
Francis Williams   Trumpet
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mercer Ellington   Composer
Jay Gordon   Composer
Edmund Anderson   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Eddie Durham   Composer
Ted Grouya   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger,Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Meredith Willson   Composer
Athan Maroulis   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Art Direction,Annotation
Eunah Lee   Graphic Design
Alberto Dominguez   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
George Fragos   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Ted Persons   Composer
Eddie Seiler   Composer
Dick Gasparre   Composer
Mort Van Duyke   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Peggy Logan   Copy Editing
Hans Lengsfelder   Composer
Jack Baker   Composer

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