Duke Ellington Columbia Years

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Piano In The Background (1960) [Reissue, Remastered 2004]

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Piano In The Background (1960) [Reissue, Remastered 2004]
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 452 Mb (5% Rec.)
Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 149 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans -> 44 Mb
Jazz, Swing | Label: Columbia/Legacy / Sony Music, #:512919 2 | 01:04:07

Recorded in 1960, Piano in the Background's title is a bit of a misnomer. While it's true that Duke Ellington often didn't appear on his recordings at all and this one is designed to showcase a series of new arrangements for the Ellington Orchestra, it also offers the composer and bandleader as a pianist leading the band. All of the album's original nine cuts, as well as its five bonus tracks, are introduced by the man himself at the ivories, and he also takes each one out.
Duke Ellington - The Great Concerts (London & New York 1963-1964) (2CD) (2009)

Duke Ellington - The Great Concerts (London & New York 1963-1964) (2CD) (2009)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 361.62 Mb + 223.23 Mb + 22.18 Mb (Scans) | 66:40 + 49:16
Swing, Big Band | Country: USA | Label: Wyastone Estate Limited / Nimbus Records - NI 2704-5

From the brief few words welcoming the Ellington band to London in February 1964 ā€“ spoken unmistakably by Steve Race ā€“ we are in for an exciting aural ride. We are also, so far as Iā€™m aware, in for an audio representation of the Jazz 625 filmed-for-broadcast concert that Ellington gave for the BBC, though this is not mentioned in the booklet.
Deniece Williams - The Essential Deniece Williams: The Columbia Years (2018)

Deniece Williams - The Essential Deniece Williams: The Columbia Years (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 853 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 360 MB | 02:31:16
Funk, Soul, Pop, Disco | Label: Columbia/Legacy

One of the most distinctive vocalists who arrived during the soul era, Deniece Williams is known for soaring, four-octave soprano voice, late-'70s and early-'80s R&B classics such as "Free" and "Silly," and the 1984 number one pop hit "Let's Hear It for the Boy." Born June Deniece Chandler in Gary, Indiana, she grew up singing in a Pentecostal church, which forbid the congregation to listen to anything but gospel music. Outside of wanting a 1959 Thunderbird, she had no serious ambitions but was deeply interested in music. Her favorite singers were Carmen McRae (for her diction) and Nancy Wilson, who, for Williams, exemplified class and elegance. However, her she also looked up to her parents, both of whom sang. From 1968 through 1970, Williams recorded a handful of singles for the Chicago-based Lock and Toddlin' Town labels as Deniece (or Denise) Chandler. None of them charted, but "I'm Walking Away" and "Mama, I Wish I Stayed Home" became Northern soul cult classics.

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1929-1930 (1991)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Feb. 23, 2018
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1929-1930 (1991)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1929-1930 (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 250 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 178 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 577)

Trying to make sense of Duke Ellington's massive catalog is one of the more daunting tasks facing jazz lovers. His early output alone includes scores of songs, often with several different versions and a variety of record labels to consider. For completists, the Classics label offers a chronological route covering the mid-'20s through the mid-'40s (without a lot in the way of alternate takes). And while not as strong in content as roundups on Bluebird or Columbia, these discs offer one the thrilling opportunity of witnessing Ellington go from novelty jungle material to sophisticated early swing and on into the annals of jazz legend with those stellar early-'40s sides…

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928 (1990)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Feb. 17, 2018
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928 (1990)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 319 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 182 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 550)

During 1928, the main stars of Duke Ellington's orchestra (in addition to the leader/pianist/composer/arranger) were trumpeter Bubber Miley, trombonist Joe Tricky Sam Nanton, clarinetist Barney Bigard, and (starting in June) altoist Johnny Hodges. All of the master takes (including ones for different labels) are being reissued in the Classics series. This disc is highlighted by "Black Beauty" (particularly Ellington's solo piano version), the heated "Hot and Bothered" (featuring guest guitarist Lonnie Johnson and singer Baby Cox), "Louisiana," and "I Can't Give You Anything but Love." Two songs feature singer Ozie Ware backed by a small combo taken from Ellington's big band. This CD has plenty of timeless classics, most of which are also available in other reissue programs.

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 - Side By Side (1959) [APO Remaster 2012] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges - Side By Side (1959) [Analogue Productions '2012]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:46 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,33 GB
or FLAC(from DSD64, converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front cover | 897 MB

This 1959 Verve record is a collaboration between Ellington and saxophonist Johnny Hodges. Hodges takes the lead on most of the tracks, backed by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on piano and well-known jazz musicians like Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison and Jo Jones.
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 - The Blanton-Webster Band (3CD) (1986) {Bluebird}  Music

Posted by TestTickles at Dec. 31, 2017
Duke Ellington - The Blanton-Webster Band (3CD) (1986) {Bluebird}

Duke Ellington - The Blanton-Webster Band (3CD) (1986) {Bluebird}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 702 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 496 mb
Genre: jazz, big band

The Blanton-Webster Band is a 1986 compilation album by American jazz pianist Duke Ellington. It consists of three CD's focusing on his material in the early 1940's, including a number of tracks with vocalists. It was released by Bluebird via RCA/BMG.
Duke Ellington - Piano In The Foreground (1961/2016) [DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC]

Duke Ellington - Piano In The Foreground (1961/2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 41:15 minutes | 1,03 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 41:15 minutes | 842 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Piano in the Foreground" is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded and released on the Columbia label in 1961. It features Ellington in a piano trio setting, emphasising his own keyboard prowess rather than the big band arrangements more typical of his recordings.