Duke Ellington Columbia Years

Della Reese with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - On the Radio: The 1962 "Live" Guard Sessions (2008)

Della Reese with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - On the Radio:
The 1962 "Live" Guard Sessions (2008)

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Swing, Big Band | Label: Acrobat | # AMACD024 | 00:51:50

Della Reese was born Deloreese Patricia Early on July 6, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan and began singing in her local church from an early age. In late 1953 Della signed on with The Erskine Hawkins Orchestra and moved to New York and soon had a recording contract with Jubilee Records. Duke Ellington really needs no introduction, being considered by many as the greatest American composer of the 20th Century. His orchestra, over its 50 plus years of performing and recording, launched the careers of many of jazz's greatest stars. The line up for this 1962 performance still featured such respected alumni as Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonsalves. This unique live concert broadcast featuring Della Reese and The Duke Ellington Orchestra was recorded on February 13, 1962 in New York City as part of a radio series specifically designed to promote a National Guard recruiting effort.
Duke Ellington - Early Ellington: The Complete Brunswick and Vocalion Recordings 1926-1931 (1994) [3CD Set] {Decca Jazz}

Duke Ellington - Early Ellington: The Complete Brunswick and Vocalion Recordings 1926-1931 (1994) [3CD Set] {Decca Jazz}
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© 1994 Decca Jazz / MCA / GRP | GRD-3-640
Jazz / Big Band / Early Jazz / Swing

Duke Ellington recorded for Brunswick from 1926 to 1931, the period in which his great talent and great orchestra first flowered, whether the band was recording under his own name or such pseudonyms as the Washingtonians or the Jungle Band. The earliest recordings are highlighted by the presence of trumpeter Bubber Miley and trombonist "Tricky Sam" Nanton, whose brilliant work with plunger mutes for vocal effects did much to define the early sound–which, in turn, rapidly evolved and expanded with the additions of Harry Carney, Johnny Hodges, and Cootie Williams. While the band's repertoire included many blues and popular songs, its distinctive identity emerges from early renditions of such trademark pieces as "East St. Louis Toodle-O," "Black and Tan Fantasy," "The Mooche," and "Mood Indigo." By the end of the period covered in this set, Ellington's ambitious later suites–some of them CD-length–are portended in the elegant extended composition "Creole Rhapsody," his clearly superior contribution to the symphonic jazz movement.

Duke Ellington - Take the A Train (2017) [DSD128 + Hi-Res FLAC]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at Oct. 27, 2017
Duke Ellington - Take the A Train (2017) [DSD128 + Hi-Res FLAC]

Duke Ellington - Take The 'A' Train (2017)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time - 29:05 minutes | 1,79 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 29:05 minutes | 583 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Take the "A" Train is the vibrant signature composition of Duke Ellington, the most important composer in the history of jazz, also a rare bandleader who held his large group together for almost 50 years. It is quite impossible for one album to capture the full flavour and rich diversity of Duke Ellington’s music and orchestra. The eight tracks here offer a remarkably well-balanced sample of the prolific repertoire – the immortal compositions, the arresting arrangements, the outstanding soloists and, not least, the distinctive solo work of the piano player, Edward Kennedy Ellington, the Duke who became King of Orchestral Jazz.
Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges - Play The Blues - Back To Back (1959) {Verve Master Edition 521 404-2 rel 1997}

Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges - Play The Blues - Back To Back (1959) {Verve Master Edition 521 404-2 rel 1997}
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© 1959, 1997 Verve / PolyGram | Verve Master Edition 521 404-2
Jazz / Jazz Blues / Piano / Saxophone

These distinctive small-group sessions, featuring Duke Ellington as pianist in a blues context, are part of a group of recordings issued under the confusing titles Back to Back and Side by Side, and further reissued under the not particularly distinctive name of Blues Summit. But there should be no confusion about the high quality of music that came out of these sessions – it is all "cooking with gas" as the expression goes. From the jazz world, it would be difficult to find more profound soloists on traditional blues numbers than the Duke or his longtime collaborator Johnny Hodges, who does some of the most soulful playing of his career here.
The Dollar Brand Trio - Duke Ellington Presents The Dollar Brand Trio (1964) {1997 Reprise Archives} **[RE-UP]**

The Dollar Brand Trio - Duke Ellington Presents The Dollar Brand Trio (1964) {1997 Reprise Archives}
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Genre: jazz

Duke Ellington Presents The Dollar Brand Trio is the 1964 debut album by pianist Dollar Brand, who would later change his name to Abdullah Ibrahim. Brand/Ibrahim is joined by Johnny Gertze on bass and Makaya Ntshoko on drums. This CD was released by the short lived Reprise Archives label in 1997, remastered by Lee Herschberg.
Vienna Art Orchestra - Duke Ellington's Sound of Love, Vol. 2 (2003) {EmArcy 0602498654194}

Vienna Art Orchestra - Duke Ellington's Sound of Love, Vol. 2 (2003) {EmArcy 0602498654194}
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© 2003 EmArcy / Universal | 0602498654194
Jazz / Big Band / Experimental Big Band / Progressive Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz

In the jazz world, Vienna is about as far from New York's Lincoln Center as you can get. It follows that Mathias Rüegg's Vienna Art Orchestra has about as much in common with Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center big band as a Sacher torte has with a Hostess Cup Cake; while they share some ingredients, the Austrian product satisfies on a more profound level. By the turn of the century, the Lincoln Center paradigm defined the jazz big band as a finished concept – locked into the past, serving mostly as a repertory ensemble. The VAO, on the other hand, while hardly ignoring traditional jazz verities, lives in the present and looks to the future.
Vienna Art Orchestra - Duke Ellington's Sound of Love (1999) {TCB 99802}

Vienna Art Orchestra - Duke Ellington's Sound of Love (1999) {TCB 99802}
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© 1999 TCB Records | TCB 99802
Jazz / Big Band / Experimental Big Band / Avant-Garde Jazz

One might think this disc would focus on the more romantic side of the Ellington-Strayhorn catalog. But don't let the title fool you. Mathias Ruegg's large band gives tunes like "Red Garter" and "Smada" a playful, blasting treatment. Particularly noteworthy is the transformation of "Mood Indigo" into something of a drunkard's lament, with a deep, wobbling trombone line. It's a labor of love that some Ellington purists might find a bit appalling, but it deserves kudos for its new approach.
John Lamb former Bass Player with Duke Ellington - Conversations North of the Border (2010)

John Lamb former Bass Player with Duke Ellington - Conversations North of the Border (2010)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 354.60 Mb | 59:02 | Cover
Mainstream Jazz, Traditional Jazz Combo | Label: Rhythm Tracks

Conversations involve an exchange - a giving and a receiving. The best conversations occur when the partners are really listening to each other. Jazz is conversation. Here we have five musicians one May day in Toronto, having conversations with each other. This recording was done with no rehearsal and only a few charts. What you're hearing is mostly the first or second takes. This is a rarity to hear "live" undoctored music these days. And what a treat it is to hear bassist John Lamb (former bassist for Duke Ellington) in conversation with his Canadian friends north of the border. The "North of the border" musicians all believe that jazz should be fun and you can hear them enjoying themselves with these wonderful conversations. Their music together builds a wonderful bridge across the border.
Mercer Ellington & The Duke Ellington Orchestra - Harlem Throwbacks (2017)

Mercer Ellington & The Duke Ellington Orchestra - Harlem Throwbacks (2017)
Jazz | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:29:30 | 70 MB
Label: Squatty Roo Records

In the mid 1980s Mercer Ellington, the son of legendary American Composer/Bandleader Duke Ellington made several attempts to get his father’s posthumous big band in the studio to record albums in order to stay relevant. While recording in L.A., he employed both East Coast and West Coast nuclei, which were utilized for Mercer’s touring band. On Harlem Throwbacks, the focus was to do modern recreations of records made in the Cotton Club days of the late 1920s up to the early 1940s. Several Duke Ellington alumni were present for this outing, such as Harold Minerve, Art Baron, Rocky White, Anita Moore, Barrie Lee Hall, and Chuck Connors. It is quite interesting to hear these classic arrangements re-recorded in digital stereo in 1984.

Duke Ellington - 16 Most Requested Songs (1994)  Music

Posted by delpotro at Sept. 13, 2017
Duke Ellington - 16 Most Requested Songs (1994)

Duke Ellington - 16 Most Requested Songs (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 01:00:46 | 253 Mb
Jazz, Swing, Orchestral Jazz | Label: Columbia Records, Legacy Recordings

This modest, single-CD compilation remains an excellent introduction to Duke Ellngton's work as composer and bandleader, two indistinguishable roles. It includes many of the original recordings of his most familiar songs, reaching back to the 1930s for the swinging "It Don't Mean a Thing" and the exotic "Caravan" and forward to the 1950s for "Satin Doll." The first 10 tracks appear here in their original monaural sound, and they're an authentic account of the early years of Ellington's marvelous band–with the rich, smooth saxophone textures of Johnny Hodges and Harry Carney, the soaring muted trumpets of Cootie Williams and Rex Stewart, and the unadorned musicality of Ivie Anderson's voice. If you want a CD with just the most famous tunes, or if you want to introduce someone to Ellington's music in all its regal brilliance, this is a good place to start.