The difference between Duke Ellington and your favorite band? One of then didn't put out a stinker, ever. Okay, so I'm presuming a lot. Duke Ellington may have put out a shitty record. Hell, he put out a lot, so there had to be one somewhere. But I've yet to hear one. There you go, a challenge: Find me a bad Duke Ellington record and you can be the first official Stinker Challenge winner. The inaugural wart finder. Oh, the joy.
Listen to the second and third cuts below. They just flat out smoke. Both, beginning to end. It's exhausting.
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Duke Ellington's Jungle Band - Rent Party Blues mp3 at Fear You Can Hear
Duke Ellington and Count Basie - Jumpin' at the Woodside mp3 at Tuxedo Junction
Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Charles Mingus - Caravan mp3 at Alejando Borrero (?)