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Duke Ellington Cotton Club Orch.- Echoes Of The Jungle, 1931

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Uploaded on Feb 19, 2008

In December 1927 Duke Ellington's band opened in Harlem the Cotton Club. They stayed there until 1932, when their level of success permitted then to tour Europe. By 1927, Duke became involved with band agent Irving Mills, who signed Ellington to a contract that gave Mills 50% of Ellington's earnings and 55% of any song royalties due to Ellington's compositions. It was Mills who managed to get Ellington booked into the Cotton Club, and where his music first became known as "Jungle style". Some of his recordings at this time credit him as 'Duke Ellington and the Jungle Band'.
The 1920s to early 1930 years were a very colorful time in American music and film history. Hollywood was turning out such films as 'King Kong' and the early 'Tarzan' movies. Meanwhile, 'Tin Pan Alley' was also turning out such songs as "Jungle Jamboree" 1920, "Babes in the Jungle" 1926, "The Jungle Rhythm" 1929, and "Call of the Jungle", plus others. Many of the Harlem clubs also followed this "Jungle" theme. So it was quite natural for some orchestras, including Ellington's, to also adopt the "Jungle" theme.

This is a German version of the Victor recording:
Duke Ellington u.s. Cotton Club Orchestra -- Echoes Of The Jungle, Electrola 1931

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