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This record was cut in New York City on November 14th 1929 featuring Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, and Freddie Jenkins trumpets, Joe Nanton and Juan Tizol trombone, Barney Bigard clarinet & tenor sax, Johnny Hodges clarinet, soprano, & alto sax, Harry Carney clarinet, alto, & baritone sax, Duke Ellington piano & leader, Fred Guy banjo, Wellman Braud string bass, and Sonny Greer drums.

*"Jazz Lips" (aka "Zonky Blues") was composed by Edward "Duke" Ellington.

By the end of the decade what had started as a typical New York band representative of black jazz during the 1920's had begun to develop the early sounds of the "Swing" era, owning much to the driven muted horn of Cootie Williams, trombonist Joe Nanton, and alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges. Later know as "Zonky Blues", Ellington's famous Cotton Club Band can be heard here performing their very first recorded version of the tune.

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