One of the most important musicians of the 20th century, Duke Ellington re-shaped the modern American songbook and influenced every subsequent artist in his wake.
- Masterpieces by Ellington (1951) A
- Ellington Uptown (1952) A
- The Duke Plays Ellington (1953) A
- Ellington ’55 (1955) B+
- Ellington lovers should seek out the master’s older renditions of these big band standards. Ellington ’35 has so much more depth.
- Ellington at Newport (1956) A
- Such Sweet Thunder (1957) A-
- Black, Brown and Beige (1958) A-
- Jazz Party (1959) A-