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Music Consumption: Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington
02/24/2001 Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington: The Great Summit

This excellent two-disc set comes to me a few weeks ago as a birthday present--thanks, Matt! I guess '60s-era Ellington and Armstrong get slagged a lot--their peak days of innovation were supposedly behind them; they were in their 60s as well...but this is, well, a pleasure. Track list to come when I have access to the discs again, but they do some old chestnuts ("Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Lucky So-and-So," "Black and Tan Fantasy," etc.), some comparative rarities ("Azalea," which Duke apparently wrote with Pops in mind; no one else could handle it and Duke was ecstatic to hear it done the way it was supposed to be), and a new tune ("The Beautiful American"). Perfect for lounging around any time of the day or night.