This week the focus is on the Columbia Studio Albums of Duke Ellington of the 1950s….
The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1958, showcases several phases in the Ellington Orchestra’s development. There are extended versions of hits, new suites, and new collaborations. The albums presented in the nine-disc box that I am featuring are Masterpieces, Ellington Uptown, Blue Rose (with Rosemary Clooney), A Drum Is a Woman, Such Sweet Thunder (a commission from the Stratford Festival),Ellington Indigos, Black Brown and Beige with Mahalia Jackson, Bal Masque, and Cosmic Scene.
I have taken a cut from each album in the box-set for the mix and in between, other than three Sonny Clark tracks from the “Conception” box set, I have chosen work by other jazz artists interpreting Ellington’s compositions.
You can listen to the podcast here
- Duke Ellington his piano and his Orchestra – Alice Blue Gown – At The Bal Masque
- Sonny Clark – News for Lulu – Sonny’s Conception
- Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Prelude to a Kiss – The Complete Ellington Indigos
- John Coltrane & Frank Wess – Things Aint What They Used To Be – Wheelin’ and Dealin’
- Duke Ellington’s Spacemen – Early Autumn – The Cosmic Scene – Duke Ellington’s Spacemen
- Jaco Pastorius – Sophisticated Lady – Invitation
- Duke Ellington and his Orchestra with Rosemary Clooney – I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart – Blue Rose
- Sonny Clark – Softly As In Morning Sunrise – Sonny’s Conception
- Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Vagabonds – Masterpieces By Ellington
- Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach – Perdido – Complete Jazz at Massey Hall
- Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – The Telecasters – Such Sweet Thunder
- Joe Lovano US Five – Star Crossed Lovers – Cross Culture
- Sonny Clark – Minor Meeting – Sonny’s Conception
- Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – The Mooche – Ellington Uptown
- Jimmy Hamilton – Solitude – Sweet But Hot
- Duke Ellington and his Orchestra featuring Mahalia Jackson – Black Brown and Beige Part One – Black, Brown and Beige
- Thelonious Monk – Black and Tan Fantasy – The Quintessence
- Duke Ellington – Ballet of the Flying Saucers – A Drum Is A Woman