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Louis Armstrong & Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington & Louis Armstrong – The Complete Sessions ... CD
Capitol/Roulette, Early 60s. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Louis Armstrong & Duke EllingtonGreat Summit – The Master Takes ... CD
Roulette, 1961. Used ... $3.99
A legendary meeting of the minds, presented here with a total of 17 tracks! CD

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✨✧ Louis Armstrong & Duke EllingtonTogether For The First Time/Great Reunion (Original Master Recording – gold CD pressing) ... CD
Roulette/Mobile Fidelity, Early 60s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print Gold CD pressing – on Mobile Fidelity!)

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Duke EllingtonAfro Bossa/Concert In The Virgin Islands ... CD
WEA (France), Early 60s. Used ... $6.99
2 great albums from Duke Ellington – both recorded for Frank Sinatra's Reprise label in the 60s, with an approach that's different than most of Duke's other work! Afro Bossa is the real winner here – a very groovy album that's certainly Ellington's best for Reprise from the 60s, and a nice batch of tracks that have a distinctly Africanist leaning. We're not too sure about the "bossa", but the rhythm section does skip nicely at times, so you might be able to say that the album's kind of a bossa-ish session. Material's all original, and quite fresh for Ellington at the time. Titles include "Bonga", "Afro Bossa", "Tigress", and "Puple Gazelle". Concert In The Virgin Islands is a bit straighter, but still very nice – and has some very interesting "tropical" type tunes – like "Jungle Kitty", "Fade Up", "Island Virgin", and "Virgin Jungle", as well as some more standard Ellington material. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonAfro-Eurasian Eclipse ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1971. Used ... $5.99
One of Duke's last albums – and a great one! The session is right up there with some of Ellington's best late "suites" – an extended work that features writing around exotic themes, played by stalwarts like Paul Gonsalves, Harold Ashby, Rufus Jones, Cootie Williams, and Harry Carney – all coming together with more energy and imagination than you'd expect after all these years! The writing is fantastic, and the moods change strongly with each tune – running through numbers like "Afrique", "Chinoiserie", "Didjeridoo", "Gong", "Tang", and "Hard Way" – all of which sound as great as their titles might imply! CD

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Duke EllingtonBlues In Orbit ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used ... $2.99
Deep and bluesy work from the all-star Ellington group of the late 50s – a beautifully recorded album that moves way past the simple cliche of its title! The set features a host of original tunes from Duke Ellington and other members of the group – and players include Jimmy Hamilton on tenor, Ray Nance on trumpet, Matthew Gee on trombone, and the wonderful Johnny Hodges on alto – playing here at the peak of his later powers. Titles include "Three J's Blues", "Smada", "C Jam Blues", "Sweet & Pungent", "Blues In Blueprint", "The Swinger's Jump", and "Blues In Orbit". CD
(Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing.)

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Duke EllingtonCarnegie Hall Concerts – January 1943 (3LP set) ... LP
Prestige, 1943. Near Mint- 3LP Gatefold ... $7.99
Recorded in January of 1943 – with Ellington on piano, Ray Nance on trumpet and violin, Rex Stewart and Harold Baker on trumpets, Juan Tizol and Lawrence Brown on trombones, Johnny Hodges on alto, and Ben Webster on tenor. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is torn/split at the top 3 inches of the spine.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonCarnegie Hall, November 13, 1948 ... CD
Vintage Jazz Classics, 1948. Used 2 CDs ... $19.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Duke EllingtonComplete Columbia Studio Album Collection 1951 to 1958 (9CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Sony, 1950s. Used 9 CDs ... $149.99
A magnificent decade of music from Duke Ellington – the bulk of his fifties recordings for Columbia Records – all albums that really show the Duke stretching forth and greatly developing his style! The scope of performances here is breathtaking – as Ellington works with key sidemen of the postwar years, and moves into much longer-form recordings that before – tracks that help him deeply express his new ideas, and also make way for a few guest performers too. Each album comes in a tiny LP-styled sleeve, replicating the original record – and the box features the albums Masterpieces By Ellington, Ellington Uptown, A Drum Is A Woman, Such Sweet Thunder, Ellington Indigos, The Cosmic Scene, and At The Bal Masque – plus the Black Brown & Beige suite with Mahalia Jackson, and the Blue Rose album with vocals by Rosemary Clooney! CD
(Out of print.)

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Duke EllingtonDrop Me Off At Harlem/Slippery Horn ... 78 RPM
Brunswick, Early 30s. Very Good- ... $9.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington – Fargo, North Dakota, November 7, 1940 (complete 2CD set) ... CD
Jazz Classics, 1940. Used 2 CDs ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used ... $3.99
The meeting of two classic talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown, and Aaron Bell – but Coleman Hawkins gets plenty of space as the main soloist on each number, alongside Duke, who also solos strongly on piano! As with most later records by the players, the writing is great – with a lot more dark moments than you'd expect – and titles include "The Rictic", "You Dirty Dog", "Limbo Jazz", "Wanderlust", and "Self Portrait Of The Bean". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $24.99
The meeting of two classic talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown, and Aaron Bell – but Coleman Hawkins gets plenty of space as the main soloist on each number, alongside Duke, who also solos strongly on piano! As with most later records by the players, the writing is great – with a lot more dark moments than you'd expect – and titles include "The Rictic", "You Dirty Dog", "Limbo Jazz", "Wanderlust", and "Self Portrait Of The Bean". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a small cutout hole in the corner, but is nice overall.)

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Duke EllingtonDuke's Joint ... CD
Buddha, Mid 40s. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Duke EllingtonEllington '65 ... LP
Reprise, 1965. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A surprisingly great album from Duke Ellington – hardly the kind of ear-opening set you might expect under the guise of a bunch of 60s pop covers! Sure, you might call it a sellout – as The Duke's playing arrangements of mid 60s pop tunes like "Fly Me to The Moon", "More", "The Second Time Around", "Blowin In The Wind", and "Never On Sunday" – but the sound is actually pretty darn hip, with a strong swing to the whole album, and a good groove that brings life into the songs on the set. The overall feel is like some of the hipper Basie backings at the time – very in the pocket playing, and short jazzy renditions of songs that we like in any form – but which come off here even more nicely with some real jazz touches from the Ellington group! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing, with tri-color label!)

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Duke EllingtonEllington 55 ... LP
Capitol, 1955. Very Good+ ... $8.99
One of Duke's most popular albums of the 50s – but we won't hold that against him! The session's one of a number of 50s outings that revisit older classics with the new level of quality offered in the studio – and it's got a similar feel to some of Duke's work for Bethlehem around the same time, which was also done by producer Gus Wildi – tight, but never too facile – and a perfect demonstration of the great balance the Ellington orchestra had at the time. The group includes key players Ray Nance, Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Juan Tizol, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves, and Jimmy Hamilton – and titles include "Black & Tan Fantasy", "Rockin In Rhythm", "Flying Home", "Happy Go Lucky Local", and "In The Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Duke EllingtonEllington Uptown ... LP
Columbia, 1952. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but they're taken to some nicely hip territory – thanks to Duke's strong ear for modern changes, and a line up of players that includes Billy Strayhorn on piano, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Clark Terry and Ray Nance on trumpets, Juan Tizol on trombone, and Louis Bellson on drums. Bellson does a great job on the classic "Skin Deep" – a real showcase for his talents in this recording – and other titles include "The Mooche", "Take The A Train", and "Perdido" – plus a 13 minute reading of "A Tone Parallel To Harlem (aka The Harlem Suite)". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye Masterworks pressing with deep groove. Cover is great!)

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Duke EllingtonFar East Suite ... LP
RCA, 1967. Very Good+ ... $24.99
One of Ellington's greatest albums of the 60s – and a record tinged with Eastern themes and darkly angular modern arrangements. The group here features Ellington stalwarts Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Cootie Williams, Mercer Ellington, and Rufus Jones – and the players work together tightly to craft the suite of tracks based on Ellington's impressions of recent travels through the Mid and Far East during the 60s. Titles include "Tourist Point Of View", "Isfahan", "Depk", "Mount Harissa", "Amad", "Agra", and "Blue Pepper". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some ring & edge wear and some marker and aging on the back.)

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Duke EllingtonFestival Session ... LP
Columbia, 1959. Very Good ... $7.99
Duke Ellington in fine fine form – working here in a selection of tunes played at jazz festivals in 1959 – a very good year for the Ellington Orchestra! The styles here are a mix of older Duke modes and some of the more sophisticated modernism of his late 50s years – and performances are often long and open-ended, with just the sort of spontaneous energy the Ellington organization offered to live crowds of the time. Titles include the extended "Idiom 59", plus "Launching Pad", "Perdido", "Duel Fuel", "Copout Extension", and "Things Ain't What They Used To Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove.)

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Duke EllingtonFirst Annual Tour Of The Pacific Northwest – Spring 1952 ... LP
Folkways, 1952. Near Mint- 2LP Box Set ... $14.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(80s red label pressing, with insert. Box has a split corner at the bottom right, in nice shape otherwise.)

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Duke EllingtonI Don't Mind/What Am I Here For? ... 78 RPM
RCA, 1942. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Both labels have stickers.)

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Duke EllingtonIn A Mellotone ... LP
RCA, Early 40s/1956. Sealed ... $14.99
A 50s LP that showcases Duke's early 40s sides for the Bluebird/Victor label – including early versions of formative compositions, featuring players like Rex Stewart, Johnny Hodges, Barney Bigard, and Ray Nance. Titles include "Take The A Train", "Portrait Of Bert Williams", "Rumpus In Richmond", "Rocks In My Bed", "Sepia Panorama", "Flaming Sword", "Perdido", and "Blue Serge". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonLiberian Suite & A Tone Parallel To Harlem (Dutch pressing) ... LP
Columbia (Netherlands), Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $13.99
One of our favorite Duke Ellington albums, and a sometimes-overlooked work that stands as one of his best compositions from the time. The "Liberian Suite" was originally issued as a 10" LP, and is one extended suite of tracks commissioned by the Liberian government for their centennial celebration in 1947. The piece starts with the haunting "I Like The Sunrise", with vocals by Al Hibbler, then leads into 5 "Dances", with solo work by Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, and Tyree Glenn. "Tone Parallel To Harlem" is added to the album, taking up all of side two, and is another beautiful extended work – the kind that really showed tremendous growth in Ellington's style. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light staining and peeling on the top seam, but is otherwise nice.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonMood Ellington (10 inch LP) (Dutch pressing) ... LP
Philips (Netherlands), 1948. Very Good+ ... $18.99
Titles include "On A Turquoise Cloud", "Three Cent Stamp", "Lady Of The Lavender Mist", "New York City Blues", and "Hy'a Sue". Great Dutch pressing – with a better cover than the US version! LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has some light wear, but this is a very nice copy overall.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonMood Indigo ... LP
RCA, Late 20s/Early 30s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Pickwick pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Duke EllingtonMusic Is My Mistress ... CD
Musical Heritage Society, 1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s. Used 2 CDs ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Duke EllingtonNew Orleans Suite ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $16.99
Titles include "Portrait Of Mahalia Jackson", "Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies", "Second Line", "Portrait Of Wellman Bruad", and "Thanks For The Beautiful Land On The Delta". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Duke EllingtonNewport 1958 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Mosaic, 1958. Used ... $19.99
Duke Ellington at Newport and in the studio – in a set of tracks recorded both live and away from the concert – but with a really unified feel overall! Duke's group here is in fine fine form – with key late 50s players who include Johnny Hodges on alto, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, and Cootie Williams, Clark Terry, and Cat Anderson on trumpets – plus a guest appearance by Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax! A few tunes stretch out nicely with that mix of complicated modernism and all-out swing that Duke was bringing to the table at the time – and although initially aimed at the popular festival crowd of the time, the album's got more than enough depth to please fans of his other 50s classics on Columbia. Titles include "Juniflip", "El Gato", "Just Scratchin The Surface", "Princes Blue", "Multicolored Blue", "Happy Reunion", and "Jazz Festival Jazz". CD features 4 bonus tracks not on the original album – including "Happy Reunion", "Mr Gentle & Mr Cool", "Jazz Festival Jazz", and "Feet Bone". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonPianist ... LP
Fantasy, 1966/1970. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Rare small combo work from Duke Ellington – just the sort of excellent later-years material that follows nicely in the spirit of his Money Jungle and Live At The Whitney albums! As with those records, you'll hear an Ellington here who's a hell of a modernist – a wonderful talent in a piano trio setting, which gives him lots of space to open up and try out new ideas he might never have reached in some of his larger group dates. The material here is from two different sessions – one in 1966, with John Lamb on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums – the other from 1970, with Victor Gaskin and Paul Kondziela on bass, and Rufus Jones on drums. Titles include "Fat Mess", "Duck Amok", "The Shepherd", "Don Juan", "Looking Glass", and "Slow Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small promo sticker in the corner.)

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Duke EllingtonPrimping For The Prom ... LP
Columbia (France), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Soloists include Quentin Jackson and Tyree Glenn on trombone, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Ray Nance and Harold Baker on trumpets, and Johnny Hodges on alto. Lil Greewood sings on one track – and titles include "B Sharp Boston", "Cop Out", "Suburban Beauty", "Boogie Bop Blues", and "Snibor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Dutch pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Duke EllingtonRecollections Of The Big Band Era ... LP
Atlantic, Early 60s. Sealed ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, with vintage shop stickers.)

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Duke EllingtonSeattle Concert ... LP
RCA, 1952. Very Good Gatefold ... $7.99
A classic early 50s moment from Duke Ellington – a whole new level of modern expression – with a lineup that includes Paul Gonsalves on tenor and Willie Smith on alto! Titles include "The Hawk Talks", "Harlem Suite", "Jam With Jam", "Sultry Serenade", and "Skin Deep". LP, Vinyl record album
(Silver label "Popular Collector's Issue" pressing with deep groove. Gatefold cover has light wear, and split top and bottom seams.)

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Duke EllingtonSecond Sacred Concert ... CD
Prestige, 1965. Used ... $4.99
... CD

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Duke EllingtonSecond Sacred Concert (first pressing) ... LP
Prestige, 1968. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Duke EllingtonSoul Call ... LP
Verve, 1966. Very Good ... $9.99
An overlooked gem from the 60s – Duke Ellington work that was recorded as part of the famous Duke & Ella At The Cote D'Azur album, but issued separately, under the name Soul Call! The stunning thing about the record is that, working on a live date in front of a European audience, with Ella on the bill, you'd expect Duke to keep things really safe and really conservative – but instead, he breaks out with some incredible long tracks, done in a complicated yet soulful mode that ranks with his best 60s experimentalism. The album features a wonderful 14 minute number called "La Plus Belle Africaine" that's easily one of the best of Duke's tunes from the time – plus the cuts "Skin Deep", "West Indian Pancake", "Soul Call", and "Jam With Sam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on the back.)

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Duke EllingtonSuch Sweet Thunder ... CD
Columbia (France), 1957. Used ... $3.99
Excellent Duke Ellington work from the late 50s – written and recorded during a period in which he was reemerging with a stronger jazz vision than ever before! The set was written by Ellington and Strayhorn – and dedicated to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario – but forget the Bard-inspired roots of the tracks, because the shimmering moods of the pieces is pure Ellington – with a richness of feeling that's totally great, and a sound that's wonderfully fresh, given that most of these numbers aren't overplayed Ellington compositions! Players include Cat Anderson and Clark Terry on trumpets, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, and Johnny Hodges on alto – and titles include "The Telecasters", "Circle Of Fourths", "Sonnet For Caesar", "Sonnet To Hank Cinq", and "Such Sweet Thunder". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Such Sweet Thunder (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonSuch Sweet Thunder (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1957. Used ... $7.99
Excellent Duke Ellington work from the late 50s – written and recorded during a period in which he was reemerging with a stronger jazz vision than ever before! The set was written by Ellington and Strayhorn – and dedicated to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario – but forget the Bard-inspired roots of the tracks, because the shimmering moods of the pieces is pure Ellington – with a richness of feeling that's totally great, and a sound that's wonderfully fresh, given that most of these numbers aren't overplayed Ellington compositions! Players include Cat Anderson and Clark Terry on trumpets, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, and Johnny Hodges on alto – and titles include "The Telecasters", "Circle Of Fourths", "Sonnet For Caesar", "Sonnet To Hank Cinq", and "Such Sweet Thunder". CD also features 3 previously unissued tracks, and a bunch of alternate takes and outtakes – for a total of 22 cuts in all! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Such Sweet Thunder ... CD 3.99

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Duke EllingtonSymphonic Ellington ... LP
Reprise, 1963. Very Good+ ... $8.99
An incredible record – and key proof that Ellington was growing even more in the 60s than he had a decade before! Duke's working here with a core orchestra of his own, plus a huge amount of added players from orchestras in Paris, Hamburg, Stockholm, and Milan – all working together in a sound that's symphonic, but still pretty darn jazzy – and which comes off with a lightness that you'd hardly ever expect. There's a depth to the record that's undeniable – especially on the horn solos by Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and Jimmy Hamilton – which snake through the larger orchestrations with a sinister edge that really blows us away. The whole thing's a tremendous thrill – the kind of record that's filled with delights that we never expected, and which appeals to us on so many different levels. Titles include the 3-part suite "Night Creature", plus "Non-Violent Integration", "Harlem", and "La Scala She Too Pretty To Be Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono tri-color label pressing. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)

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Duke EllingtonThird Sacred Concert – The Majesty Of God As Performed In Westminster Abbey ... LP
RCA, 1973. Sealed ... $1.99
Recorded in Westminster Abbey, wiuth some really fantastic sound – and guest vocals from Alice Babs! LP, Vinyl record album

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Duke EllingtonThis Is Duke Ellington ... LP
RCA, 1930s. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, with 2 Record Set sticker.)

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Duke EllingtonThree Little Words/Ring Dem Bells ... 78 RPM
Victor, 1930. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Vocals by The Rhythm Boys. 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Duke EllingtonUp In Duke's Workshop ... LP
Pablo, 1969. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Previously unreleased late work from Ellington – with titles that include "Black Butterfly", "Dick", "Goof", "Blem", "Wanderlust", "Neo Creole", and "Mendoza". LP, Vinyl record album

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Duke Ellington & Count BasieBattle Of The Bands – Duke Ellington Vs. Count Basie ... CD
RCA/BMG, 1940s. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Duke Ellington & Count BasieFirst Time – The Count Meets The Duke ... LP
Columbia, 1962. Very Good ... $7.99
Hard to believe it took a few decades in the careers of both players for them to record together – but that's exactly what you've got here – a landmark meeting of Count Basie and Duke Ellington from the early 60s, near the tail end of Duke's classic stretch on Columbia! Teo Macero produced the session with just the right amount of care and class to keep the whole thing from being an exercise in cliche – and there's a surprising amount of depth here that you might not expect – the best modern elements of Duke's orchestra on Columbia, coming into play with a bit more of the fire and vamp of the Basie group at the time! Titles include "Battle Royal", "Wild Man", "Segue In C", "Jumpin At The Woodside", "To You", and "Take The A Train". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 6 eye pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Duke Ellington's SpacemenCosmic Scene ... LP
Columbia, 1958. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A lost Duke Ellington gem from the late 50s – a session that has a decidedly different look than some of his other records of the time! We don't know if the Duke was into Sun Ra – but it almost seems like he was copping his thunder with this title and band name – a fair bit more flashy than the usual presentation for the Ellington group! The record's not nearly as trippy as you'd expect – but it's still a prime set of Ellingtonia from those key late 50s years – material played by a smaller group of "Spacemen" than Duke's fuller orchestra – with a bit more room for small group interaction, almost in a Verve mode. Players include Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, Clark Terry on trumpet, Paul Gonzalves on tenor, Quentin Jackson on trombone, and Jimmy Woode on bass – and titles include "Avalon", "Midnight Sun", "Spacemen", "Bass-ment", "Early Autumn", and "Jones". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some tape along the top seam.)

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Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max RoachMoney Jungle (180 gram pressing) ... LP
United Artists/Blue Note, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... On April 24, 2020
Rarely are such "meeting of the minds" sessions worth any fuss at all – but in this case, the masterful talents of the players turn what should be a snoozy "common denominator" session into a modernist classic that still crackles with excitement after all these years! The real success factor here is Ellington, who was hitting a point in his career when he was really beginning to experiment again – as you'll hear in the beautifully angular piano lines that he lays next to Mingus' bass and Roach's lively drums. The set's nearly all originals, and titles include "Money Jungle", "Le Fleurs Africaines", and "Wig Wise". Very nice! LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet Series!)

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Frank Sinatra & Duke EllingtonFrancis A & Edward K ... LP
Reprise, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Titles include "Follow Me"," Sunny", "All I Need Is You Girl", "I Like The Sunrise", and "Yellow Days". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tri-color stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Louis Armstrong & Duke EllingtonHistoric Recording Event ... LP
Roulette, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Rosemary Clooney with Duke EllingtonBlue Rose ... LP
Columbia, 1956. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic stuff, and proof that Rosemary Clooney was always one heck of a great singer – with strengths in jazz that you didn't always hear in her pop work! As you'd guess from the cover, Duke Ellington's leading the group on the album – and most of the tracks here are older Ellington standards, reworked with bold vocal lines from Clooney – in a way that's right up there with any of the usual singers with Ellington's band! Players include Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and Harry Carney – and titles include "I'm Checkin Out", "Mood Indigo", "Blue Rose", "Grievin", "Hey Baby", and "Passion Flower". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonAll Star Road Band ... LP
Doctor Jazz, 1957. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonAnd His Mother Called Him Bill (Bluebird pressing) ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nicely understated session that was recorded in honor of Billy Strayhorn – who'd passed away a few months before the recording. The set features all classic Strayhorn compositions – played in new versions by Duke and a group that includes Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Aaron Bell, and Jimmy Hamilton. The recording quality is great, and the sound of the album really makes old classics sparkle nicely once again! Titles include "UMMG", "Blood Count", "Boo Dah", "Rain Check", "Day Dream", "All Day Long", and "Lotus Blossom", done in a haunting solo piano version by Duke! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonBest Of Duke Ellington ... CD
Capitol, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early 50s material from Duke Ellington's Capitol Recordings! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonChronological Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – 1939 ... CD
Classics (France), 1939. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features 78rpm material for the Vocalion, Okeh, Brunswick, and Columbia labels – with work by Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart, Harry Carney, The Quintones, and others! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington's Jazz Violin Session ... CD
Wounded Bird, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print. Booklet has some underlining in pen.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonDuke's Men – The Small Groups Vol 1 ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, Late 30s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonDuke's Men – The Small Groups Vol 2 ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, Late 30s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonEllington At Newport ... LP
Columbia, 1956. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first albums to ever issue recordings made at the Newport Jazz Festival – quite a big hit, and the beginning of a real trend in jazz! The set's also some great work by Duke – free to perform in a setting that's not bound by some of the time restrictions of earlier years, which lets him offer up three long tracks with a great deal of sophistication over previous recordings. Titles include "Jeep's Blues", "Diminuendo & Crescendo In Blue", and "Newport Jazz Festival Suite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has masking tape around the edges.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonEllington Jazz Party ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very nice work from one of Ellington's revival periods – when he was signed to Columbia in the late 50s, and recording some of the best work of his career. This set moves past the modernism of some of Duke's other sessions at the time, and offers a more straight-ahead set in true "jazz party" tradition. Jimmy Rushing sings vocals on a few tracks, and Duke's band features Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonzalves, Jimmy Woode, and a guest appearance by Dizzy Gillespie. Tracks include "Ready Go", "Red Garter", "Malletoba Spank", "UMMG", and "Tymperturbably Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonIndigos ... LP
Columbia, 1957. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Duke Ellington's best albums of the 50s – a well-conceived session of dark moody tracks that revisits a few old favorites, hits a few standards, and offers a new gem that's right up there with the classics! The "indigos" title is taken very seriously here – as the album's awash in blue tones and darker hues – a bit Kenton in inspiration, but carried off with a lot more intimacy and sense of soul throughout. The group by this point is completely mature – and old bandmates like Johnny Hodges on alto, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, Cat Anderson and Ray Nance on trumpets, and Jimmy Woode on bass all fit together perfectly under Ellington's direction. Titles include Duke's great "The Sky Fell Down", plus "Mood Indigo", "Autumn Leaves", "Tenderly", "Dancing In The Dark", "Where Or When", and "Solitude". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonIndigos (Columbia Jazz Masterpieces) ... CD
Columbia, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Duke Ellington's best albums of the 50s – a well-conceived session of dark moody tracks that revisits a few old favorites, hits a few standards, and offers a new gem that's right up there with the classics! The "indigos" title is taken very seriously here – as the album's awash in blue tones and darker hues – a bit Kenton in inspiration, but carried off with a lot more intimacy and sense of soul throughout. The group by this point is completely mature – and old bandmates like Johnny Hodges on alto, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, Cat Anderson and Ray Nance on trumpets, and Jimmy Woode on bass all fit together perfectly under Ellington's direction. Titles include Duke's great "Prelude To A Kiss", plus "Mood Indigo", "Autumn Leaves", "Tenderly", "Dancing In The Dark", "Where Or When", and "Solitude". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonLatin American Suite ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1968/1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer album – one of Duke Ellington's best from the later years! The record features excellent writing from Duke – in a Latin mode, obviously, but touched with these incredible orchestrations that bring all sorts of weird twists and turns to the grooves, yet still manage to keep everything swinging nicely! The result is a rare album of brilliance – one that's vaguely similar to the Clarke Boland Big Band's Latin Kaleidoscope album, but with a genius that's all it's own. The album's got all the modernist touches of late Duke – but man, it also swings like a mofo, and with a really groovy sound – and the great Paul Gonsalves brings some wonderful solo work to the entire session. Titles include "Oclupaca", "Chico Cuadradino", "Eque", "The Sleeping Lady & The Giant Who Watches Over Her", and "Brasiliance". CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonLive In Zurich, Switzerland 2/5/1950 ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1950. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The magic of the Duke Ellington orchestra, captured perfectly in a live performance at the start of the 50s – a great reminder that even on a minor date like this, Duke and the group always brought something special to the proceedings! The tightness of the arrangements is already mindblowing, but the music really sparkles from the solo voices that step out of the mix – trumpets from Harold Baker, Ray Nance, and Ernie Royal – plus Lawrence Brown and Quentin Jackson on trombones, and a reed lineup that includes Harry Carney, Don Byas, Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, and Russel Procope. Duke's on piano, and gets some help on the keys from Billy Strayhorn – and Kay Davis sings a bit on the mostly-instrumental set. Titles include "Violet Blue", "Rockin In Rhythm", "How High The Moon", "Tattooed Bride", "Creole Love Call", "Ring Dem Bells", "Suddenly It Jumped", "Air Conditioned Jungle", and "Jeep Is Jumpin". CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonTreasury Shows Vol 14 ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), Mid 50s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Duke Ellington & John ColtraneDuke Ellington & John Coltrane ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal meeting of the old and new generations of jazz in the 60s – put together in perfect Impulse fashion! At some level, this is actually an early 60s John Coltrane Quartet album – with Duke Ellington sitting in for McCoy Tyner on piano, as that's the lineup on about half of the album – tracks that feature Coltrane on tenor, Elvin Jones on drums, and Jimmy Garrison on bass, all working with Ellington on the keys. On other titles, though, the album features Coltrane playing with a Duke-ish trio that has Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums – slightly less modern, but with a nice sense of depth throughout! Overall, the the record does a great job of balancing between the best talents of both players – and titles include "Big Nick", "The Feeling Of Jazz", "Take The Coltrane", and "My Little Brown Book". CD

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✨✧ Duke Ellington & John ColtraneDuke Ellington & John Coltrane ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal meeting of the old and new generations of jazz in the 60s – put together in perfect Impulse fashion! At some level, this is actually an early 60s John Coltrane Quartet album – with Duke Ellington sitting in for McCoy Tyner on piano, as that's the lineup on about half of the album – tracks that feature Coltrane on tenor, Elvin Jones on drums, and Jimmy Garrison on bass, all working with Ellington on the keys. On other titles, though, the album features Coltrane playing with a Duke-ish trio that has Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums – slightly less modern, but with a nice sense of depth throughout! Overall, the the record does a great job of balancing between the best talents of both players – and titles include "Big Nick", "The Feeling Of Jazz", "Take The Coltrane", and "My Little Brown Book". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing with Bell Sound stamp.)

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✨✧ Duke Ellington's SpacemenCosmic Scene (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Mosaic, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost Duke Ellington gem from the late 50s – a session that has a decidedly different look than some of his other records of the time! We don't know if the Duke was into Sun Ra – but it almost seems like he was copping his thunder with this title and band name – a fair bit more flashy than the usual presentation for the Ellington group! The record's not nearly as trippy as you'd expect – but it's still a prime set of Ellingtonia from those key late 50s years – material played by a smaller group of "Spacemen" than Duke's fuller orchestra – with a bit more room for small group interaction, almost in a Verve mode. Players include Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, Clark Terry on trumpet, Paul Gonzalves on tenor, Quentin Jackson on trombone, and Jimmy Woode on bass – and titles include "Avalon", "Midnight Sun", "Spacemen", "Bass-ment", "Early Autumn", and "Jones". CD also features 2 bonus alternate takes of "Body & Soul" and "Jones". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Cosmic Scene ... LP 11.99

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✨✧ Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max RoachMoney Jungle ... CD
United Artists/Blue Note, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rarely are such "meeting of the minds" sessions worth any fuss at all – but in this case, the masterful talents of the players turn what should be a snoozy "common denominator" session into a modernist classic that still crackles with excitement after all these years! The real success factor here is Ellington, who was hitting a point in his career when he was really beginning to experiment again – as you'll hear in the beautifully angular piano lines that he lays next to Mingus' bass and Roach's lively drums. The set's nearly all originals, and titles include "Money Jungle", "Le Fleurs Africaines", and "Wig Wise". Very nice! CD features bonus tracks! CD

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✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald & Duke EllingtonElla Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Song Book (3CD set) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ella's performing songs written by or associated with Duke–what could be better? Here she's backed by two different Ellington groups–-one a big band, the other a small group, whose members included Stuff Smith, Barney Kessel, and Ben Webster. Titles include "Rockin' In Rhythm", "Caravan", "Take The A Train", "Clementine", and "Perdido", all performed with the with the big band, and "Satin Doll", "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", "Cottontail", and "Do Nothing Till You Here From Me", backed by the small group. Sublime! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonDuke At Tanglewood ... LP
RCA, 1966. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonGreat Paris Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1963. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Did Ellington ever record in concert and it not be great? This wonderful double-length set from the 60s is key proof of his genius in an unfettered live setting – recorded in Paris in 1963 with plenty of dark edges! The tracks are short overall, but Duke's really at the head of the group on piano – playing with those angular, modern tones he picked up in the post Money Jungle years – and clearly in charge of the group from the keyboard, not the podium. Horn players include Harry Carney, Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, Cootie Williams, Johnny Hodges, and Paul Gonsalves – all bringing in some special tones and unique performances to an extended set list that includes both Ellington standards and a few lesser-known numbers. Titles include "Rockin In Rhythm", "Concerto For Cootie", "Suite Thursday", "Tone Parallel To Harlem", "Bula", "Cop Out", "Happy Go Lucky Local", "Theme From Asphalt Jungle", and "Star-Crossed Lovers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rockefeller label pressing. Cover has seam splitting and light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonIntimacy Of The Blues ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1967/1970. Used ... Out Of Stock
A slightly smaller take on the Ellington sound – but one that's still a bit fuller than you might guess from the "Small Bands" on the cover! There's definitely a more intimate feel here than usual – especially given the size of ensembles Duke was working with in the 60s – but the approach is more like some of the earliest Ellington combos, a full feel as most of the group works tightly together, while one soloist snakes out with some deeply soulful lines on his own! The first six tracks here feature "The Combo Suite" – recorded in 1967, with some especially nice horn work from Johnny Hodges on alto, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Cat Anderson on trumpet, and Lawrence Brown on trombone. Remaining tracks were recorded in 1970, in New York and Las Vegas – and include "Noon Mooning", "Rockochet", "All Too Soon", and "Tippy Toeing Through The Jungle Garden". CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonPremiered By Ellington (10 inch LP) ... LP
Capitol, Early 50s. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
Titles include Ellington versions of "Stormy Weather", "Stardust", "Liza", "Three Little Words", "Cocktails For Two", and "My Old Flame". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some sticker remnants on front and a small peeled spot on back.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonEllington Jazz Party In Stereo ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Very nice work from one of Ellington's revival periods – when he was signed to Columbia in the late 50s, and recording some of the best work of his career. This set moves past the modernism of some of Duke's other sessions at the time, and offers a more straight-ahead set in true "jazz party" tradition. Jimmy Rushing sings vocals on a few tracks, and Duke's band features Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonzalves, Jimmy Woode, and a guest appearance by Dizzy Gillespie. Tracks include "Ready Go", "Red Garter", "Malletoba Spank", "UMMG", and "Tymperturbably Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing.)

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Eugenie BairdEugenie Baird Sings Duke's Boys Play Ellington ... LP
Design, 1958. Very Good ... $3.99
A delightful album of vocal renditions of Duke's tunes by little known singer Eugenie Baird. Baird's wonderfully relaxed takes on these great Ellington tunes begs the question of how she remained sidelined for so many years, and then went on to largely be forgotten except for a spell with Bing Crosby. Duke's men are in fine form backing her, with Ben Webster as a featured soloist, and this album includes "In A Sentimental Mood", "Something To Live For", "Mood Indigo", "I Let A Song Go Out Of Your Heart", "Lush Life", "Solitude" and "Pass Me By". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with a sticker in the corner.)

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Dizzy GillespiePortrait Of Duke Ellington ... LP
Verve, 1960. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
A portrait of Duke, done by Dizzy – and one that's got a whole different feel than you might think! Gillespie's working here with arrangements by a young Clare Fischer – who takes Ellington's themes and recasts them with an even deeper sense of color and tone – one that pushes the already-modern themes of the numbers into a whole new realm of sound, and uses the horn passages to carve things out a lot differently than Duke might have done! The result is a wonderfully striking session – one with familiar melodies that unfold in a whole new way – and which showcases some great phrasing from Dizzy, over rhythms by a combo that features Hank Jones, George Duvivier, and Charlie Persip – playing alongside a group of larger horns. Titles include "Perdido", "Caravan", "Upper Manhattan Medical Group", and "Chelsea Bridge". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Sarah VaughanDuke Ellington Songbook Vol 1 ... LP
Pablo, 1979. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Sarah Vaughan takes on the work of Duke Ellington – almost presented here in a style that's similar to some of the Songbook albums on Verve from the 50s! Billy Byers handles most of the arrangements here – especially on the larger group numbers – but some tracks are also in a small combo mode, and are often the most interesting, because Sarah opens up with a looser feel than on some of the more "respectful" big group tracks. Titles on this first volume include "In A Sentimental Mood", "I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart", "I'm Just A Lucky So & So", "Solitude", "Day Dream", "Lush Life", "All Too Soon", and "In A Mellow Tone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a lightly bent corner.)

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✨✧ Louie BellsonDuke Ellington – Black Brown & Beige ... CD
Music Masters, 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Dee Dee BridgewaterPrelude To A Kiss – The Duke Ellington Album ... CD
Philips, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features work from Bobby Watson on alto, Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Steve Turre on trombone, and Jeff Hamilton on tenor! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Joe PassPortraits Of Duke Ellington ... LP
Pablo, 1974. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nicely sensitive set from guitarist Joe Pass – hardly the usual bag of Ellington-alike material, and instead a small group outing that unlocks a newly introspective side of Duke's compositions! Joe's working here with Ray Brown on bass and Bobby Durham on drums – and the feel overall is mostly gentle, almost in a late nite mode – with plenty of space to let Pass step around the strings with care and quietude, as he works his way through titles that include "Caravan", "Solitude", "In A Mellowtone", "I Got It Bad", "I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart", and "Satin Doll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
Thelonious Monk plays the music of Duke Ellington – but as you can imagine, the sound here is quite different than usual! At a time when Ellington was working mostly in large group format for the mainstream, Monk's presentation of his standards in trio format is a wonderful way to unlock their nascent modernism – the angular tones, lines, and complex ideas that were still present in the orchestra readings of the tunes, but which would show up even more strongly in Duke's smaller group dates of the 60s. Many numbers bear the familiar Monk imprint – complicated lines on the keys and sharp changes that really reignite the numbers – and rhythm here is from Oscar Pettiford on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include "Mood Indigo", "It Don't Mean A Thing", "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", and "Caravan". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ World Saxophone QuartetPlays Duke Ellington ... LP
Nonesuch, 1986. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
One of their best ones, and a tight set of Ellington tracks that works perfectly with their multi-horn style. Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Bamiet Bluiett, and David Murray split up the arrangements, and the tracks include "Lush Life", "Come Sunday", "Prelude To A Kiss", and 2 different versions of "Take The A Train". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Terry TeachoutDuke – A Life Of Duke Ellington ... Book
Gotham, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Terry Teachout gave us a wonderfully well-done biography of Louis Armstrong – and he follows suit here with an equally great volume on Duke Ellington – one that does an excellent job of balancing between biographical details and an understanding of his music! Teachout doesn't just focus on the oft-covered early years of Duke's music, but also vividly illustrates the changes and complexities of both the sounds and the artist during the postwar years – especially during the last decade or two of Ellington's life, which is some of our favorite work. The softcover book is almost 500 pages long, and includes a wealth of compelling source information too! Book

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✨✧ Rodney WhitakerAll Too Soon – The Music Of Duke Ellington ... CD
Origin, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very fresh take on the songs of Duke Ellington – presented here by bassist Rodney Whitaker, with a tight combo sound that resonates strongly with his other great records! The tunes are definitely Duke's, but the presentation is pure Whitaker – hip, soulful, and reworked with nicely contemporary elements – played by a strong lineup that features Michael Dease on trombone, Brian Lynch on trumpet, Diego Rivera on tenor, Richard Roe on piano, and Karriem Riggins on drums – plus vocals from Rockelle Whitaker at a few points too. It's nice to have the bass up in the lead on some of these tunes – and titles include "Cotton Tail", "All Too Soon", "Perdido", "Come Sunday", "Azure", "Caravan", "Harlem Air Shaft", and "Take The A Train". CD

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✨✧ Alan CohenDuke Ellington's Black, Brown, & Beige ... LP
Monmouth Evergreen, 1973. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A really inventive reading of Duke Ellington's famous suite – done with a hip early 70s British jazz spin, in a performance that features Norma Winstone on the vocal tunes – plus other work in the group from Kenny Wheeler and Harry Beckett on trumpets, Henry Lowther on trumpet and violin, Alan Skidmore and Art Themen on reeds, and Mike Gibbs and Chris Pyne on trombones! Titles include "West Indian Dance", "Come Sunday", "Work Song", "The Blues", and "In One Movement". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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✨✧ James NewtonAfrican Flower – The Music Of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn ... CD
Blue Note, 1986. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Bill Berry & His Ellington All StarsFor Duke ... LP
Real Time, 1978. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $36.99
A famous direct to disc session – as famous for its overall sound, as for the music by the players! Features Bill Berry on cornet, Ray Brown on bass, Scott Hamilton on tenor, Marshal Royal on alto, Britt Woodman on trombone, Nat Pierce on piano, and Frankie Capp on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing on Real Time/MK. Cover has light wear.)
 
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Art FarmerTo Duke With Love ... LP
East Wind (Japan), 1975. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A pretty sweet 70s set from Art Farmer – ostensibly a tribute to Duke Ellington, but really more of a gently soulful session in the mode of Art's best work of the decade! The group is the Cedar Walton trio with Walton on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all matching Art's lyrical work beautifully, in a soulfully swinging way that transforms familiar Ellington numbers into new vehicles for creative expression. Farmer's at the height of his powers, and tracks include "Love You Madly", "Lush Life", "In A Sentimental Mood", and "The Star Crossed Lovers". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City.)

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Joya SherrillJoya Sherrill Sings Duke ... LP
20th Century, 1965. Very Good ... $9.99
One of the best recordings we've heard from Joya Sherrill – a set that has her taking on the music of Duke Ellington, but handling things with a cool sort of 60s feel! The arrangements are nice and lean – handled by Mercer Ellington, and featuring players who include Cootie Williams on trumpet, Ray Nance on cornet, Johnny Hodges on alto, and Paul Gonsalves on tenor – all working with Joya in formations that are much more small combo than the usual Ellington mode. Sherrill's vocals sparkle nicely in the setting – with a sense of poise and class that updates the older themes nicely. Titles include "Day Dreams", "In A Sentimental Mood", "Kissing Bug", "Mood Indigo", "Prelude To A Kiss", "Sophisticated Lady", "Duke's Place", and "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldElla At Duke's Place ... CD
Verve, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful classic from mid 60s Verve – and the kind of a session that we wouldn't have expected to come off so well! In a style they were using with older artists at the time, Verve brought Ella and Duke into the studio together – with Duke's band and compositions providing the structure of the set, and Ella handling vocals. The tunes are mostly Ellington classics, but they provide a nice change of pace for the Fitzgerald of the 60s – taking Ella into more sophisticated territory on some darker themes that really surprised us. Players are all of the Ellington stalwarts of the time – and titles include "Imagine My Frustration", "Duke's Place", "What Am I Here For", "Azure", "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing", "Passion Flower", and "Something To Live For". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Johnny HodgesUsed To Be Duke (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Norgran/Verve, 1954. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
OK, so the title's a bit misleading – as Hodges never used to be "Duke", just played with him – but the record's a great one – really sharp set of standards from the mid 50s, played with a tightly moving focus! The small group settings includes Ellingtonians, plus the unlikely addition of John Coltrane on tenor on a few tracks. Hodges' tone is tremendous, as always – and the record sparkles on both the more uptempo and the more measured numbers, with titles that include the Hodges originals "Used to be Duke" and "Sweet As Bear Meat", Ellington's "Warm Valley", plus "Madam Butterfly", and "Sweet Lorraine", "Time On My Hand"s", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "Poor Butterfly". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Shirley ScottScottie Plays The Duke ... LP
Prestige, 1959. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Shirley Scott plays both the organ and piano with George Duviver on bass and Arthur Edgehill on drums for these eight Duke Ellington tracks. The selections include "Caravan", "Just Squeeze In", "C Jam Blues", "Prelude To A Kiss", "In A Sentimental Mood", "In A Mellow Tone", "I've Got It Bad", and "Just A-Sittin & A-Rockin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Ran BlakeComplete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint/Soul Note (Improvisations/Duke Dreams/Suffield Gothic/Short Life/Epistrophy/Umarked) (7CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980s/1990s. New Copy 7CD ... Out Of Stock
Pianist Ran Blake first came into prominence in the 60s – as one of the most striking, most inventive modern players of his generation – but unfortunately, his time on record wasn't always as great as his talents – until the Black Saint/Soul Note label corrected that with this great run of records from the 80s and 90s! This box brings together all of Blake's work for the label – a total of seven albums, each presented here in their original album cover art, as tiny record sleeves in a larger box that includes the albums Improvisations, Duke Dreams, Suffield Gothic, Shoft Life Of Barbara Monk, Epistrophy, Umarked Van, and Indian Winter. Duke Dreams and Epistrophy are solo albums – with Blake extrapolating on ideas from Ellington and Monk, respectively. Improvisations features beautiful spontaneous creations with pianist Jaki Byard – and Suffield Gothic is another striking duet album, with especially creative work from tenorist Houston Person. Short Life Of Barbara Monk features a quartet with Ricky Ford on tenor – and the set's completed by two more duet albums – Unmarked Van with Tiziano Tononi, and Indian Winter with David Knife Fabris. CD

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✨✧ Stefon HarrisAfrican Tarantella – Dances With Duke ... CD
Blue Note, 2006. Used ... Out Of Stock
A bold new chapter in the career of vibraphonist Stephon Harris – and proof that he's one of the most amazing players of his generation, one who's always growing into new sounds and styles! Despite the "Duke" in the title here, the work isn't a simple homage to the classics of Ellington – and instead, it uses some lesser-known themes by Duke as vehicles for new waves of color, sound, and tone from Harris – scored in the same soulful way as his brilliant work on Grand Unification Theory from a few years back. The style here is hardly Ellington, and is more a shimmering mix of small combo jazz and strings – headed up mostly by Harris' vibes and marimba, but also featuring Steve Turre on trombone, Anne Drummond on flute, Greg Tardy on clarinet, and Xavier Davis on piano. 3 tracks here are from Harris' own The Gardner Meditations – "Memoirs Of A Frozen Summer", "African Tarantella", and "Dancing Enigma" – and Ellington titles include "Thanks For The Beautiful Land On The Delta", "Portrait Of Wellman Braud", "Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies", "Single Petal Of A Rose", and "Sunset & The Mocking Bird". CD

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✨✧ Johnny HodgesUsed To Be Duke ... LP
Norgran, Early 50s. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
OK, so the title's a bit misleading – as Hodges never used to be "Duke", just played with him – but the record's a great one – really sharp set of standards from the mid 50s, played with a tightly moving focus! The small group settings includes Ellingtonians, plus the unlikely addition of John Coltrane on tenor on a few tracks. Hodges' tone is tremendous, as always – and the record sparkles on both the more uptempo and the more measured numbers, with titles that include the Hodges originals "Used to be Duke and "Sweet As Bear Meat", Ellington's "Warm Valley", plus "Madam Butterfly", and "Sweet Lorraine", "Time On My Hand"s", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "Poor Butterfly". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Anthony BraxtonRecital Paris 71 ... CD
Futura (France), 1971. Used ... $12.99
Beautiful solo work from Anthony Braxton – recorded live in Paris at the start of the 70s, and a fair bit more sensitive than some of his earlier work on that scene! Side one features a beautiful take on Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday" – one that runs for 25 minutes, and which features Braxton blowing straight, and almost with some of those Lee Konitz-inspired modes he was using around the time. The tune's still got some of the darkness you might expect from Braxton – but things really go out on side two, which features the originals "GN6/K/7" – using multi-tracked piano in a very cool, very experimental way! CD

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Burnt Sugar ArkestraTwentieth Anniversary Mixtapes – Groiddest Shizznits Vol 2 ... CD
Avantgroidd, 2000s/2010s. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone else we can think of – maybe a jazz ensemble at the core, but one that's keenly aware of soul, funk, and hip hop – and not afraid to allow any of those elements equal play in their music – almost as if Duke Ellington grew up in the 90s, listening to electric Miles Davis, Tribe Called Quest, and Curtis Mayfield – then found a way to expand larger musical ideas based on influences that diverse. Greg Tate founded the group, and directs with bassist Jared Michael Nickerson – and this series of three CDs is dedicated to bringing back some of the group's best work, much of which has gone out of print in recent years. Guests on this second album include JS Williams and Abby Dobson – and titles include "Jungle Fauvre", "Funky Rich Medina", "Driva Man", "All Fall Down", "Night In Tunisia Sorta", "Screamin Arthur Jafa", "Held In Faith", "That Bent Arc Be Slow", and "Somebody To Love You". CD

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Burnt Sugar ArkestraTwentieth Anniversary Mixtapes – Groiddest Shizznits Vol 3 ... CD
Avantgroidd, 2000s/2010s. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone else we can think of – maybe a jazz ensemble at the core, but one that's keenly aware of soul, funk, and hip hop – and not afraid to allow any of those elements equal play in their music – almost as if Duke Ellington grew up in the 90s, listening to electric Miles Davis, Tribe Called Quest, and Curtis Mayfield – then found a way to expand larger musical ideas based on influences that diverse. Greg Tate founded the group, and directs with bassist Jared Michael Nickerson – and this series of three CDs is dedicated to bringing back some of the group's best work, much of which has gone out of print in recent years. Guests on this third volume include Vijay Iyer, Matana Roberts, Anti-Pop Consortium, Jeremiah Abia, and others – and titles include "God Is Black", "Black Fros Black Gold", "Young Frankenstank", "Sleep Is The Cousin Of Def", "Mack Jarrett", "Chains & Water", "The Name Is Blunt Sonny Blount", "Spartacus Free The Slaves", and "A Blood Sample From Erroll Garner". CD

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June ChristyBig Band Specials ... LP
Capitol, 1962. Very Good ... $4.99
A very different album than usual for June Christy – one of her last for Capitol, and a very swinging, upbeat affair! As the title implies, June's singing a set of tunes made famous during the glory days of the big bands – tracks associated with Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and others – all given a nice reworking here by June, in a style that's got a hipper, swinging California kind of groove! Arrangers on the set are Bill Holman, Bob Cooper, and Shorty Rogers – and they all keep things light and above board – shaking away the bluer tones and quieter moods of some of June's other records, taking her vocals back to the highly swinging style that first brought her fame in the 40s. Titles include "Frenesi", "Time Was", "Good Bye", "Night In Tunisia", "Stompin At the Savoy", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "Skyliner". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo rainbow label pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Anthony ColemanCatenary Oath ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
Solo piano work from Anthony Coleman – a really wonderful side of his talents, given full exposure here on a variety of shortish tracks! The music seems to echo that way of cascading and combining tones that Coleman does so well on reeds – but mixes up occasional bursts of frenzied freedom with some more contemplative, spacious passages too – and a few straighter moments on the album's reworking of tunes by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. A really bright star in the longer catalog of Coleman's music – with titles that include "For Roscoe Mitchell", "Something To Live For", "Funeral Xylophone Music", "Catenary Oath", "For Mark Andre", and "Her Cerotic Dip". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 300 copies!)

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Panama FrancisExploding Drums! ... LP
Epic, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
An album of drum-heavy tracks recorded by drummer Panama Francis – who at this point could boast a long career working with jazz luminaries like Duke Ellington, Lucky Millinder, and Cab Calloway. The set's got Francis using his drums to cook up a rock-like beat on a set of instrumentals. Most of the cuts have a honking sax or other instrument up front to create that "rock and roll" groove – but the best numbers feature Francis' drums in a more unfettered setting. Titles include "Exploding Drums", "Hit The Road Jack", "Panama The Drummer Boy", and "Sticks & Stones". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Label has a promo sticker. Cover has a sticker spot on back.)
 
 
 



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