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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2015 at 7:41pm
You want the complete CD on that one, the original LP has the phony concert. Check my review and it will give you all the details. Hold on and I'll post a link.
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Vinyl or the CD with the complete concert for Ellington at Newport or just get both?

I'm from Rhode Island so either way this concert is a must for me.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Matt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2015 at 4:39pm
John above is the Ellington expert. Still it won't stop me. Smile My favourite Ellington comps are early ones "East St Louis Toodle-oo" and the classic "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"  and of course the later "Ellington At Newport" which does not kick off until one gets to "Diminuendo In Blue and Crescendo In Blue", Paul Gonsalves on sax gives one of the best solo's ever. It just goes on and on and stays fresh right through. Most say it is Ellington's greatest.  For me something about "East St Louis Toodle" with it's 1920's sound, they don't make it like that anymore.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PopetherevXXVIII Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2015 at 12:43pm
I got a 404 when clicked on that

Edit: Never mind found it when I typed it in to the search function, reading it now.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2015 at 11:37am
OK, I'm back for a bit. That was the correct version of "Ellington Uptown" you posted, it has the added "Liberian suite" and Controversial Suite", two excellent extended numbers. 
Here is our entry, plus the review.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PopetherevXXVIII Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2015 at 10:52am
No rush
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2015 at 10:24am
Yes, hold on, I have to work for a bit, I'll be back.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PopetherevXXVIII Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2015 at 9:55am
This version of Uptown?
http://www.amazon.com/Ellington-Uptown-ELLINGTON-DUKE/dp/B0012GN1I4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426690252&sr=8-1&keywords=Ellington+Uptown

I saw quite a few versions when I looked it up.

Also might help to peruse my Amazon wish list for Jazz I have a ton of Ellington on it and might need help weeding it out, also it'll give you an idea of who else I'm into.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1YGO8767KF4PO/ref=topnav_lists_5



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2015 at 9:47am
You have come to the right place, I love Ellington and have a lot of reviews up on the site that you should check out, just check our Ellington section.

For starters I recommend "Ellington Uptown", as much as I love vinyl, you may want to get this on CD because of all the extras and the much lower cost.

Next you may want to try his more 'symphonic' opus "Such Sweet Thunder", I have this on vinyl.

I have reviews up for both of those, check that out and I'll have more for you.
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Quick story at age 15 (in 1997) I took a trip to London with my dad and we went to an HMV and fout this huge room full of nothing but Jazz. My dad noticed wall to wall in the back of this room was nothing but Duke Ellington.  Just this 40 foot space 5 shelf high space of nothing but The Duke.

It was inevitable when I started Collecting Jazz a few months ago after appreciating it for decades that I'd have to have some Duke in the collection. But where do I even start? He recorded for well over 40 years and has countless albums and collaborations. He may very well be the greatest American composer of the 20th century. I'm a bit intimidated.  Now your suggestions can be CD or Vinyl. I'm not an audio snob. Though I mostly collect vinyl there are somethings that you just simply cannot get on vinyl anymore so CD compilations are absolutely fine by me. I found an old Time Life compliation on Vinyl that covers maybe the first 15 years of his career. But I know there is way WAY more. So suggest away.
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