Jerry Valburn is a retired broadcast engineer and a keeper of Ellingtonia. His collection is now at the Library of Congress, and he has plans to release 24 double CDs of Ellington broadcasts for the U.S. Treasury Department. You have to put up with corny announcers and Ellington’s promos for Victory Bonds, but it’s worth it to hear classic Duke, considering the pristine sound by Armed Forces Radio Service. The highlight is “Warm Valley,” Ellington’s balladic showcase for Hodges’ trademark portamento.
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