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Duke Ellington - The Essential Duke Ellington [Recorded 1927-1960] (2005)

Duke Ellington - The Essential Duke Ellington [Recorded 1927-1960] (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 637 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 310 MB | Covers - 25 MB
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Columbia/Legacy (517463 2)

The Essential Duke Ellington, a two-CD set, differs from previous Columbia/Legacy Duke Ellington reissues in that the music is drawn not only from Sony's vaults but from BMG's vaults, too. Four selections are from the 1920s, 20 date from the 1930s, seven are from the 1940s, and the final six were recorded between 1950 and 1960. Is this an essential acquisition? Most Ellington collectors will already have all of these performances in more complete fashion, while general collectors should realize that this two-fer does not cover Ellington's final 14 years and largely overlooks most of the highlights from the 1950s…
Duke Ellington Orchestra - Bigbands Live: Liederhalle Stuttgart, March 6, 1967 (2011)

Duke Ellington Orchestra - Bigbands Live: Liederhalle Stuttgart, March 6, 1967 (2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 444 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 181 MB | Covers (7 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Arthaus Musik (101703)

By 1967, the heyday of the big band was over. Rock and Roll ruled as the popular music of the day, and the financial challenges of keeping a large ensemble together for recording - and especially touring - were huge. But Duke Ellington - one of American's finest bandleaders, pianists, and composers - was more than just a genius in the field of music. He also succeeded as a business man, keeping his orchestra not only busy on the road, but also creating his finest art - what he called "American Music" - in the 1960s and 70s.
Big Bands Live: Duke Ellington Orchestra, is the second release from the Jazzhaus music label's "Big Bands Live" series, and it captures the group in top form in a previously unreleased 1967 concert recording in Stuttgart, Germany…

Duke Ellington - Orchestral Works (1970) [Reissue 1989]  Music

Posted by gribovar at Aug. 11, 2018
Duke Ellington - Orchestral Works (1970) [Reissue 1989]

Duke Ellington - Orchestral Works (1970) [Reissue 1989]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 283 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 141 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: MCA Classics (MCAD-42318)

Duke Ellington's collaboration with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnatti Symphony Orchestra gives one an opportunity to hear Ellington's "The Golden Broom & the Green Apple" and "New World A'Coming" in rare performances along with a symphonic version of "Harlem." Ellington, who is featured throughout on piano, adds verbal "poetic commentary" between sections and the arrangements (which may have been by Luther Henderson) are fine but one misses his illustrious orchestra.

Duke Ellington - This Is Jazz [Recorded 1927-1959] (1996)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Aug. 10, 2018
Duke Ellington - This Is Jazz [Recorded 1927-1959] (1996)

Duke Ellington - This Is Jazz [Recorded 1927-1959] (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 272 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 146 MB | Covers (12 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Columbia/Legacy (CK 64617)

As part of Columbia's This Is Jazz series, this volume collects Ellington sides waxed for the label between 1927 and 1959. Even on later remakes of classics like "Mood Indigo," "Take the 'A' Train," and "C-Jam Blues," the quality stays pretty high simply because of the high caliber of almost any Ellington organization. The seventh volume is worth purchasing alone for "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" from 1956's In Newport album featuring Paul Gonsalves' legendary solo.
Duke Ellington - This Is Jazz - Duke Ellington Plays Standards [Recorded 1935-1964] (1998)

Duke Ellington - This Is Jazz - Duke Ellington Plays Standards [Recorded 1935-1964] (1998)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 309 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 156 MB | Covers (13 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Columbia/Legacy (CK 65056)

This 13-song, mid-priced compilation covers material dating from "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me," cut on March 8, 1935 to "Mood Indigo" from March 31, 1964. The contents include concert versions of "Take the 'A' Train" and "Satin Doll" from the All-Star Road Band releases; the 1940-vintage "Stormy Weather" (previously in print on the double-album Duke Ellington Presents Ivie Anderson); "Autumn Leaves" with Ozzie Bailey on vocals; a pair of cuts ("St. Louis Blues," "Body and Soul") off the otherwise unavailable Cosmic Scene LP, and "I Can't Get Started" from the until-recently unavailable Piano in the Foreground album…

Duke Ellington - Live in Warsaw October 30, 1971 (2009)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Aug. 8, 2018
Duke Ellington - Live in Warsaw October 30, 1971 (2009)

Duke Ellington - Live in Warsaw October 30, 1971 (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 307 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 191 MB | Covers (12 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Gambit Records (69323)

Duke Ellington was still touring in 1971, though his orchestra had lost many of his star soloists due to death or retirement, with the passing of Johnny Hodges being the greatest loss. The first ten tracks here initially appeared on the Polish bootleg LP Last Time, which utilized poorly edited excerpts of a radio broadcast of his Warsaw concert, resulting in losing the pacing of a typical show by the bandleader. At least this Gambit reissue identifies the songs correctly…

Duke Ellington - Alhambra - Oct. 29th, 1958 [2CD] (2002)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Aug. 4, 2018
Duke Ellington - Alhambra - Oct. 29th, 1958 [2CD] (2002)

Duke Ellington - Alhambra - Oct. 29th, 1958 [2CD] (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 617 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 275 MB | Covers included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: LaserLight Digital (36152)

Part 1. The tracks within this first of two volumes were drawn from two separate concerts recorded on the same evening at the Alhambra in Paris. Like many releases of quasi-legal origin, it is hard to say that Duke Ellington himself would have authorized the release of these performances, as there are some problems with a squeaky reed in spots. "Take the 'A' Train" is joined in progress, while there are numerous other live versions of medleys like "Black and Tan Fantasy/Creole Love Call/The Mooche" and "Kinda Dukish/Rockin' in Rhythm." That said, the band is in good form. Among the highlights are works of fairly recent vintage: "Newport Up" (showcasing a wild tradeoff of brief exchanges between Clark Terry, Paul Gonsalves and clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton), a medley of "Such Sweet Thunder" and "Sonnet to Hank Cinq," though "What Else Can You Do With a Drum" is a bit of a dud…
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Live in Zurich, Switzerland 2.5.1950 (2007)

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Live in Zurich, Switzerland 2.5.1950 (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 374 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 178 MB | Covers (14 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: TCB Music SA (TCB 43062)

Duke Ellington was widely recorded in concert over his many decades in jazz, but the discovery of a previously unreleased live tape from 1950, in surprisingly listenable fidelity, is still an occasion worthy of applause. Of course the mere surfacing of the recording wouldn't mean a thing if it didn't have that swing, and this set does indeed. Accompanied by a relatively small group consisting of trumpeter Ray Nance (who also sings), clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Jimmy Hamilton, alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges, bassist/bass clarinetist Harry Carney, both Sonny Greer and Butch Ballard on drums, and Ellington's longtime co-writer Billy Strayhorn also on piano, plus the vocalist Kay Davis, Ellington is in fine form throughout…
Duke Ellington - The Duke in Washington [Recorded 1943-1969] (1999)

Duke Ellington - The Duke in Washington [Recorded 1943-1969] (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 301 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 180 MB | Covers (11 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Storyville (STCD 8310)

Thankfully, Duke Ellington's live performances were well documented in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s - and there is hardly a shortage of live Ellington recordings that are available on CD. Spanning 1943-1969, The Duke in Washington doesn't focus on any one concert. Instead, this Danish release (which Storyville released in 1999) was recorded at six different places - the interesting thing is that all of them are in Washington, D.C. (the Duke's home town) or nearby in Maryland and Virginia…

Duke Ellington - Jazz Profile [Recorded 1953-1971] (1997)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Aug. 1, 2018
Duke Ellington - Jazz Profile [Recorded 1953-1971] (1997)

Duke Ellington - Jazz Profile [Recorded 1953-1971] (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 290 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 122 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (CDP 7243 8 54900 2 6)

Duke Ellington never recorded for Blue Note, but his sessions for Capitol, United Artists and Solid State are all owned (along with Blue Note) by EMI, making this single-CD sampler possible. On this hodgepodge (and almost random) collection, Duke's orchestra is heard during 1953-54 and at his 70th birthday concert in 1969. In addition, Ellington appears on two trio numbers with bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach and plays "Happy Reunion" in 1971 with tenorman Paul Gonsalves in a quartet. Although there are some good performances included (1969's "Take the 'A' Train" is superb), there is a great deal missing, most notably 1954's "Flying Home" and Cat Anderson's miraculous solo on 1969's "Satin Doll"; instead one gets the 1953 hit version, which is remarkably dull. Otherwise, the music on this odd set is fine, but far from essential.