Various Artists - Mood Indigo: Capitol Sings Duke Ellington


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Review Text From Capitol's Fort Knox-level jazz vocal vaults comes this fine homage to the Duke. Culled mostly from '50s and early-'60s albums, Mood Indigo: Capitol Sings Duke Ellington features 20 stellar interpretations by the venerable likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Nat "King" Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson; and that's not to overlook an impressive array of relatively unsung talent like June Christy, Helen Forrest, Lou Rawls, and Annie Ross. Featuring work from both Ellington and longtime songwriting partner Billy Strayhorn, the mix contains a fetching combo of both evergreens ("Solitude," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore") and rare booty ("I Didn't Know About You," "I Ain't Go Nothin' but the Blues"). Topping things off are the Ellington-worthy charts of such veteran arrangers as Billy May, Gerald Wilson, Pete Rugolo, Benny Carter, and Nelson Riddle. Yes, this tour of "Duke's Place" is definitely not to be missed. ~ Stephen Cook

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