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Duke Ellington - The Original Recordings CD

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This album collects Ellington's original recordings (between 1927 - 1940) beautifully showcased in the 2014 Best Musical Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical sensation After Midnight, all in one place; including popular favourites like "It Don't Mean a Thing", "Stormy Weather" and "Cotton Club Stomp".

After Midnight takes the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapults it into a whole new era of heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences. Refracted through a contemporary lens, After Midnight celebrates Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances by 25 sensational vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars, whose interpretations shatter everything you think you know about music, nightlife and Broadway.

After Midnight was nominated for seven 2014 Tony Awards this season, including Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Actress of a Musical in a Featured Role, three 2014 Drama Desk Awards, eight 2014 Astaire Award Nominations and is winner of the 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography. “Duke Ellington had such a love of people and had a love of romance. He loved his country. He had an understanding of all the foundational elements of American music. He understood the fiddle reel, the minstrel song, the spiritual, the work song, the American popular song. He understood groove-based music and the gospel traditions. All of these things are in his music. HE INVENTED AN ORIGINAL FORM OF ORCHESTRATION AND ELEVATED THE AMERICAN ORCHESTRA, which is the big band, to a high standard. Duke Ellington was a tireless student of music.”



 1.Daybreak Express
 2.Happy As The Day Is Long
 3.I’ve Got The World On A String
 4.Braggin’ In Brass
 5.I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
 6.Diga Diga Doo
 7.East St. Louis Toodle-oo
 8.Stormy Weather
 9.Raisin’ The Rent
10.Creole Love Call
11.The Mooche
12.Black And Tan Fantasy
13.It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
14.Cotton Club Stomp
15.Rockin’ In Rhythm

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