The best of the best, the créme de la créme, the Duke Ellington Proper Box is 98 tracks on four CDs filling five hours of the digital time/space continuum with the greatest jazz there ever was. It simply doesn’t get any better than this. Really. This is music that can't be outgrown. No on can be disappointed with this music. It can be listened to over and over again for a lifetime, and will renew the listener's spirits each time without fail. Duke Ellington was arguably (and we're ready, willing and able to argue this case!) the most significant composer of the twentieth century. When he said, "We love you madly," he meant it. The music here is an expression of that love. Duke Ellington's recording career covered half a century. During this period he established himself as the most important composer in jazz history. The exact number of his compositions is unknown, but it has been estimated at around 2000. It is generally agreed that the first important Ellington recordings were made on November 29, 1926 for the Vocalion label, which we start this survey of masterpieces by Duke Ellington. The 20th century's most important jazz composer, and one of the world's most important composers, period.
Disc 11. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo 2:53
Disc 21. Slippery Horn 3:04
Disc 31. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart 2:59
Disc 41. Pussy Willow 4:29