Originally Posted by larry7995
What are your most recommended Duke Ellington CDs?
Well, I'd say the answer depends on what you're looking for in particular.
The general consensus is that the early 40s band with Ben Webster and Jimmy Blanton was his best, and this is the definitive collection of that work:
There is a 1950 album in which Duke took advantage of the then-new lp medium with a collection of long-form works that took advantage of the longer playing time:
I am partial to his late works. My two favorites:
For something a little different, there are the small-group recordings from the 30s, collected here:
That should keep you busy until a real expert in Ellingtonia decides to weigh in.