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Gentle Duke: The Ellington Soloists Play Duke

Gentle Duke: The Ellington Soloists Play Duke


Much like Fantasy's contemporaneous Jazz Giants series in concept but under different auspices, a brace of former Ellington sidemen are heard interpreting a dozen of Duke's standards. The time frame of the recordings has shrunk to only a six-year period, and oddly, some of the leaders here were not Ellington alumni (their featured sidemen were). But as if to compensate, half of the tracks are making their CD debuts (a much higher percentage than the Jazz Giants series thus far), often originating from two of Prestige's more obscure holdings, the Moodsville and Swingville labels. Bud Freeman, Clark Terry, Taft Jordan, Ben Webster (with Joe Zawinul), Jimmy Forrest (with Oliver Nelson's big band), Betty Roche, Cootie Williams, Bill Harris and Buddy Tate are the leaders, with a Swingville All-Stars jam on "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" as a closer. Among one listener's choice cuts, Webster is eloquence personified on "Come Sunday" (an alternate take yet!) and as a counterpoint to Harris on "In a Mellotone." ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218519526
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Track listings

  • 1. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart Bud Freeman
  • 2. Mood Indigo Clark Terry
  • 3. Lost In Meditation Taft Jordan
  • 4. Come Sunday Ben Webster (Alternate Take)
  • 5. Just A Sittin And A Rockin Jimmy Forrest
  • 6. Rocks In My Bed Betty Roch‚
  • 7. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) Betty Roch‚
  • 8. Concerto For Cootie Cootie Williams
  • 9. In A Mellow Tone Bill Harris
  • 10. All Too Soon Buddy Tate
  • 11. I Didn't Know About You Taft Jordan
  • 12. Things Ain't What They Used To Be Swingville All Stars
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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