Black, Brown and Beige

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This album, Duke Ellington's revised version of his formerly 50-minute long "Black, Brown and Beige," has always been a bit of a disappointment. Stung by criticism from 15 years before, Ellington divided the suite into six much shorter sections, leaving in "Come Sunday" which is hurt by Johnny Hodges's absence due to a brief illness and "Work Song" and featuring gospel singer Mahalia Jackson during two of the parts. Despite some good moments, this rendition has little of the power of the original arrangement.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This album, Duke Ellington's revised version of his formerly 50-minute long "Black, Brown and Beige," has always been a bit of a disappointment. Stung by criticism from 15 years before, Ellington divided the suite into six much shorter sections, leaving in "Come Sunday" which is hurt by Johnny Hodges's absence due to a brief illness and "Work Song" and featuring gospel singer Mahalia Jackson during two of the parts. Despite some good moments, this rendition has little of the power of the original arrangement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972396422
  • Catalog Number: 723964
  • Sales rank: 39,522

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black, Brown and Beige, Pt. 1 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (8:14)
  2. 2 Black, Brown and Beige, Pt. 2 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:10)
  3. 3 Black, Brown and Beige, Pt. 3 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:19)
  4. 4 Black, Brown and Beige, Pt. 4 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (7:55)
  5. 5 Black, Brown and Beige, Pt. 5 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:39)
  6. 6 Black, Brown and Beige, Pt. 4 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:05)
  7. 7 Track 360 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:02)
  8. 8 Blues in Orbit - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:36)
  9. 9 Black, Brown and Beige, Pt. 1 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:49)
  10. 10 Black, Brown and Beige, Pt. 2 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:38)
  11. 11 Black, Brown and Beige, Pt. 3 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:08)
  12. 12 Black, Brown and Beige, Pt. 4 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:23)
  13. 13 Black, Brown and Beige, Pt. 5 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (5:51)
  14. 14 Black, Brown and Beige, Pt. 4 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:59)
  15. 15 Studio Conversation (0:07)
  16. 16 Come Sunday - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (5:47)
  17. 17 [Six Second Pause Track] (0:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Mahalia Jackson Vocals, Track Performer
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Ray Nance Violin, Track Performer
Shorty Baker Trumpet
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Harry Carney Baritone Saxophone
John Sanders Valve Trombone
Sam Woodyard Drums
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Duke Ellington Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Irving Townsend Producer, Liner Notes
Nedra Olds-Neal Producer, Reissue Producer
Kevin Boutote Mastering
Kevin Coutote Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blessing of the Name

    The name of this album, Black, Brown, and Beige, is more in depth than what it portrays in the music itself. This album paves through the history of African American history. As an African American myself, reading through the music with my ears builds my mind with such great love for his album. Duke Ellington is a genius of all musicians. Mahalia Jackson is the musician of all people through the grace of God. Together, they imitate the sun and become it with all its glory. This album is so empowering, so powerful, so spiritual, and so overwhelming. The greatest part of this album is how it's universe travels through a tender speed at first with so much rhythm, and then through a spiritual, and very emotional journey. It's name is special. The pioneers that made it were special. The album, in its power and itself is special. This album was made by angels from heaven to earth. I give all my blessings and thanks to Mahalia Jackson and Duke Ellington's duet of triumph, and owe all my faith and integrity through this masterpiece that truly should get more praise than what it says on the cover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Recording with Mahalia Jackson

    I love this recording! Ellington and Mahalia Jackson together is absolutely fabulous.

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