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Duke Ellington – Masterpieces by Ellington

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra
Masterpieces by Ellington
Style: Jazz
Label: Columbia Masterworks
Catalog Number: ML4418
Released: 1951, 50's
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A monumental jazz big band record, Masterpieces by Ellington was one of the earliest releases to take advantage of the extended time available on Columbia’s brand new 12-inch “long-playing” LP format. Ellington classics “Mood Indigo” and “Sophisticated Lady” are presented here for the first time in their complete, concert-type arrangements with dazzling orchestral textures and added harmonic and rhythmic experimentations. Not to be missed here are the gorgeous and haunting vocals of the mysterious “Yvonne,” an alias of US jazz singer Eve Smith who worked with Ellington briefly in the 50’s. If you can’t track down an original copy, we highly recommend this 2014 Quality Record Pressings remaster by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound that some consider to be sonically superior to the original…

Recommended – Full Listen

– Phil Cho

Tags: Big Band / Jazz / Mono
Tracklist:

A1 – Mood Indigo
A2 – Sophisticated Lady
B1 – The Tattooed Bride
B2 – Solitude

Credits:

Piano – Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn
Saxophone – Russell Procope, Paul Gonzalves, Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Hamilton
Trumpet – Nelson Williams, Andrew Ford, Harold Baker, Ray Nance, William Anderson
Trombone – Quentin Jackson, Lawrence Brown, Tyree Glenn
Horn – Mercer Ellington
Drums – Sonny Greer
Bass – Wendell Marshall
Vocalist – Yvonne
Engineer – Fred Plaut, Harold Chapman
Illustration – Stan Fraydas
Remastered By – Ryan Smith

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