Creole Rhapsody: Duke Ellington in the Thirties (ASV Living Era, two CDs). An unusually well-chosen 2007 collection of key recordings from a decade in Ellington’s long career that in recent years has come to be overshadowed by his extraordinary studio recordings from 1940-42. In addition to the title track, it contains “Mood Indigo,” “Rockin’ in Rhythm,” “Echoes of the Jungle,” “Reminiscing in Tempo,” the original studio version of “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue,” and 39 other essential performances. The engineering is a bit spotty but generally good. This is the grab-and-go Ellington album that I currently pop in my bag before embarking on a road trip (TT).