Duke Ellington And Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - Recording Together For The First Time / The Great Reunion ... (1988) [MFSL, UDCD 514]

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - Recording Together For The First Time / The Great Reunion … (1988)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, UDCD 514 | ~ 367 or 176 Mb | Scans Included
Jazz, Big Band

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were (and are) two of the main stems of jazz. Any way you look at it, just about everything that's ever happened in this music leads directly – or indirectly – back to them. Both men were born on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries, and each became established as a leader during the middle '20s. …
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Complete Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington Sessions, 1961 (1990)

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Complete Sessions, 1961 (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Swing, Vocal Jazz, Mainstream Jazz | Roulette Jazz/Capitol | # CDP 593844 | 01:08:27

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were (and are) two of the main stems of jazz. Any way you look at it, just about everything that's ever happened in this music leads directly – or indirectly – back to them. Both men were born on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries, and each became established as a leader during the middle '20s. Although their paths had crossed from time to time over the years, nobody in the entertainment industry had ever managed to get Armstrong and Ellington into a recording studio to make an album together. On April 3, 1961, producer Bob Thiele achieved what should be regarded as one of his greatest accomplishments; he organized and supervised a seven-and-a-half-hour session at RCA Victor's Studio One on East 24th Street in Manhattan, using a sextet combining Duke Ellington with Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars. This group included ex-Ellington clarinetist Barney Bigard, ex-Jimmie Lunceford swing-to-bop trombonist Trummy Young, bassist Mort Herbert, and drummer Danny Barcelona. A second session took place during the afternoon of the following day.
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Complete Sessions (1990) [DAD Reissue 1999] Hi-Res FLAC 24/96

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Complete Sessions (1990) [Reissue 1999]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:36 minutes | 1,41 GB
DAD to Hi-Res FLAC - Source: Classic Records' DAD 1031 | Covers

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928-1929 (1990)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Feb. 20, 2018
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928-1929 (1990)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928-1929 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 247 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 178 MB | Covers (12 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 559)

The main change for the Duke Ellington Orchestra during this period was that the increasingly unreliable Bubber Miley (an alcoholic) was fired by Ellington in January 1929 and quickly replaced by Cootie Williams. Otherwise, the personnel was stable, featuring trombonist Joe Tricky Sam Nanton, altoist Johnny Hodges, and clarinetist Barney Bigard as key soloists along with trumpeters Miley, Arthur Whetsol, and Freddie Jenkins. Most of the selections from this era border on the classic, with highlights including Miley's spot on "Bandanna Babies," "I Must Have That Man," "Harlemania," and a two-part version of "Tiger Rag."

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1927-1928 (1990)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Feb. 15, 2018
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1927-1928 (1990)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1927-1928 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 294 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 180 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 542)

As usual with the Classics series, the music on this CD is released complete and in chronological order, covering the music originally released by several record labels but without including alternate takes. In the case of Duke Ellington, because he would frequently record the same song slightly rearranged on several occasions for different companies, there are multiple versions of some titles on this CD, but the alternate versions that he made for the labels have been left out. During the very important period covered by this disc, the Duke Ellington Orchestra (having recently found their sound) was hired by the Cotton Club as the house band and they hit the big time…
Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges - Back To Back (1959) [APO Remaster 2012] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges - Back To Back (1959) [Analogue Productions 2012]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:53 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,34 GB
or DSD64 files (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 46:53 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,17 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 973 MB

Duke Ellington And Ella Fitzgerald - Live At The Greek (1996)  Music

Posted by popsakov at Oct. 19, 2016
Duke Ellington And Ella Fitzgerald - Live At The Greek (1996)

Duke Ellington And Ella Fitzgerald - Live At The Greek (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 390 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 177 Mb
Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 64 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Big Band, Swing, Vocal | Status #DSTS 1013

This 1966 concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles features sets by Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, with the source evidently being a soundboard tape. His star soloists consistently shine, especially tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves in the flag-waver "Soul Call" and the ballad "In a Sentimental Mood" (the latter usually a feature for Johnny Hodges). Cootie Williams' brash trumpet is showcased in "Take the 'A' Train," while high-note specialist Cat Anderson squeals in his "Prowling Cat." The drums are a bit too prominent in the mix, the sound is a bit muddy in places, and the microphone does not always pick up the leader's spoken…
Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan - Live At The Berlin Philharmonic 1989 (2007)

Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan - Live At The Berlin Philharmonic 1989 (2007)
DVD-5 | Runtime: 48 min. | 2,75 Gb | Copy: Untouched
Video: PAL, MPEG Video at 7 500 Kbps, 720 x 576 (1.333) at 25.000 fps | Audio: AC-3 2 channels at 192 Kbps, 48.0 KHz
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | Label: Jazz Door

These quite rare tracks show Sarah Vaughan in her prime (and still quite attractive, if I might add a small opinion), scatting and mellow-singing with her trio, as well as a not so bad (but neither perfect nor perfectly presented) version of Duke Ellington's orchestra, featuring Russell Procope, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves and other giants, plus some bit younger but still mean cats (Harold Ashbey, Norris Turney)… Maybe Cootie Williams is not up to the task on "Take the A Train" (Is it really him? He used to sound so powerful once upon the time…), but Gonsalves-Ashby-Turney tenor sax battle is a riot(on "Triplicate") and Duke is always a pure joy to watch and listen, conducting and leading his orchestra and the smaller outfits (which is also documented in the Ellington segment of the DVD).

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1945-1946 (1998)  Music

Posted by gribovar at May 15, 2018
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1945-1946 (1998)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1945-1946 (1998)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 169 MB | Covers (7 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 985)

There is a lot of intriguing music on this CD, which features Duke Ellington's postwar orchestra. "Dancers in Love" (from "Perfume Suite") and "Carnegie Blues" (from "Black, Brown and Beige") managed to catch on as individual pieces, "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" and "Just Squeeze Me" were hits, and both "Tonk" and "Drawing Room Blues" showcased the piano duo of Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. A few numbers are V-Discs, including a brief version of "C Jam Blues" that features the combined orchestras of Duke Ellington and Woody Herman (his First Herd). Among the changes in personnel were Russell Procope taking over for the retiring Otto Hardwick on alto and clarinet and Oscar Pettiford succeeding Junior Raglin on bass. This underrated music ranks with some of Duke's best work.

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1945 Vol. 2 (1997)  Music

Posted by gribovar at May 14, 2018
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1945 Vol. 2 (1997)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1945 Vol. 2 (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 241 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 172 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 951)

Duke Ellington's orchestra in 1945 was riding quite high, with annual Carnegie Hall concerts, constant performing and recording, and appearances on many radio broadcasts. This disc features both studio recordings and a few V-Discs taken from radio shows. The latter are most notable for including the extended two-part "Frankie and Johnny" and the 12-and-a-half-minute "New World A-Comin'," while the studio recordings are highlighted by "Jumpin' Room Only" and three of the four parts of "Perfume Suite." With such soloists as Tricky Sam Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Al Sears, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, and four trumpeters, Ellington's big band remained at the top of its field as World War II came to an end.