Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Essential Duke Ellington

The Essential Duke Ellington

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Duke Ellington, is one of my favorite jazz musicians. He is one of the best jazz artists of all time. This collection has many of his songs from the 20s on. Some of my favorites are "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo", "Take It Easy", "Hot and Bothered", "The Mooche", "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", "Caravan", "Pyramid", "Tired Socks", "Ko-Ko", "Take the "A" Train", "Perdido", and "Arabesque Cookie". A must own collection for jazz fans.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Essential Louis Armstrong

The Essential Louis Armstrong

Bandleader, cornet, and trumpet player Louis Armstrong, is one of the most popular jazz musicians ever. This is a big collection of songs from the 20s to the 60s. Some of my favorites are "Sugar Foot Stomp", "Heebie Jeebies", "Willie the Weeper", "Potato Head Blues", "Beau Koo Jack", "Tight Like This", "Georgia on My Mind", "Blueberry Hill", and "What a Wonderful World".

The Essential Artie Shaw

The Essential Artie Shaw

Composer, bandleader, and one of the best jazz clarinetist, Artie Shaw had many popular songs in the 30s and 40s. This is a big collection of many of his song. Some of my favorites are "Begin the Beguine", "Stardust", "Frenesi", "Temptation", "Oh! Lady Be Good", "St. James Infirmary Bules (Parts 1 & II)", "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)", "Nightmare", "Blues in the Night", "Concerto for Clarinet (Parts 1 & II)", and many more very good big band songs.

The Essential Glenn Miller

The Essential Glenn Miller

This is a big collection of songs by bandleader and trombonist Glenn Miller from the late 30s to the 40s. Glen Miller's band unique sound makes them one of the most famous ever. My favorites are "In the Mood" and "Moonlight Serenade". Some other songs I like are "Tuxedo Junction", "Little Brown Jug", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo", "American Patrol", and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)". Also here are songs with Glenn Miller & the Army Air Force Band, with great playing by all musicians. "Over There" and "The St. Louis Blues March" are some of my favorites.