The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1958

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While the 1950s were hardly an era where big bands flourished, there were a few exceptions. The Duke Ellington Orchestra is perhaps the best example. While smaller bands with vocalists, or those playing bebop, cool jazz, and later, hard bop, were jazz's new "mainstream" reality, Ellington seized on the arrival of the LP record both to gamble with his catalog of what had become standards in the jazz book, and forge ahead with new creative ideas made possible by the extended playing time afforded by the new format over the three-minutes-and-change limitations of the 78 rpm disc. The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1958, showcases in grand style several phases ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While the 1950s were hardly an era where big bands flourished, there were a few exceptions. The Duke Ellington Orchestra is perhaps the best example. While smaller bands with vocalists, or those playing bebop, cool jazz, and later, hard bop, were jazz's new "mainstream" reality, Ellington seized on the arrival of the LP record both to gamble with his catalog of what had become standards in the jazz book, and forge ahead with new creative ideas made possible by the extended playing time afforded by the new format over the three-minutes-and-change limitations of the 78 rpm disc. The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1958, showcases in grand style several phases in the Ellington Orchestra's development. There are extended versions of hits, new suites, high concepts, and new collaborations. The albums presented in this nine-disc box 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. The box is compact and handsome; each album is housed in individual LP-styled sleeves with original artwork. The booklet contains complete discographical track annotation and personnel information, as well as a liner essay by Loren Schoenberg, the artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. A cautionary note: the artwork included depicts the track listings of the LPs when they were released; therefore it does not take into account the bonus material Legacy added when remastering these recordings. But all of these discs are the remastered versions and all bonus material is included in the set. Despite the fact that some of these albums -- especially Masterpieces and Uptown, from the early part of the decade -- were initially derided by some critics because of the absence of saxophonist Johnny Hodges, history has proven those analyses incorrect as these sides are now regarded as classics. In the 21st century, these recordings offer a portrait of a band rising to the occasion on each album. Ellington and Billy Strayhorn pushed at the creative boundaries for big bands with ambition and aplomb, creating a new and visionary form of jazz in the process
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886979388826
  • Catalog Number: 793888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (15:27)
  2. 2 Sophisticated Lady - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (11:29)
  3. 3 The Tattooed Bride - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (11:43)
  4. 4 Solitude - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (8:26)
  5. 5 Vagabonds - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:10)
  6. 6 Smada - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:48)
  7. 7 Rock Skippin' st the Blue Note - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Skin Deep - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:49)
  2. 2 The Mooche - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:36)
  3. 3 Take the 'A' Train - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (8:02)
  4. 4 A Tone Parallel to Harlem (Harlem Suite) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (13:48)
  5. 5 Perdido - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (8:24)
  6. 6 The Controversial Suite: Before My Time - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:09)
  7. 7 The Controversial Suite: Later - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:14)
  8. 8 The Liberian Suite: I Like the Sunrise - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:28)
  9. 9 The Liberian Suite: Dance No. 1 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:50)
  10. 10 The Liberian Suite: Dance No. 2 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:26)
  11. 11 The Liberian Suite: Dance No. 3 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:45)
  12. 12 The Liberian Suite: Dance No. 4 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:04)
  13. 13 The Liberian Suite: Dance No. 5 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (5:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hey Baby - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:55)
  2. 2 Sophisticated Lady - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:59)
  3. 3 Me and You - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:30)
  4. 4 Passion Flower - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:35)
  5. 5 I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:39)
  6. 6 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:50)
  7. 7 Grievin' - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:12)
  8. 8 Blue Rose - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:23)
  9. 9 I'm Checking Out, Goodbye - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:12)
  10. 10 I Got it Bad (And That Ain't Good) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:09)
  11. 11 Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:30)
  12. 12 If You Were in My Place (What Would You Do) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:04)
  13. 13 Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:40)
Disc 4
  1. 1 A Drum is a Woman - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:39)
  2. 2 Rhythm Pum Te Dum - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:56)
  3. 3 What Else Can You Do With a Drum - Calypso - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:52)
  4. 4 New Orleans - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:33)
  5. 5 Hey, Buddy Bolden - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:56)
  6. 6 Carribbe Joe/Congo Square - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (9:00)
  7. 7 A Drum is a Woman, Pt. 2 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:33)
  8. 8 You Better Know It - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:46)
  9. 9 Madam Zajj/Ballet of the Flying Saucers - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (9:50)
  10. 10 Zajj's Dream - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:00)
  11. 11 Rhumbop/Carribbe Joe, Pt. 2 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:21)
  12. 12 Finale - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:50)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Such Sweet Thunder - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:22)
  2. 2 Sonnet for Caesar - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:59)
  3. 3 Sonnet for Hank Cinq - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:23)
  4. 4 Lady Mac - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:40)
  5. 5 Sonnet in Search of a Moor - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:22)
  6. 6 The Telecasters - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:05)
  7. 7 Up and Down, Up and Down (I Will Lead Them Up and Down) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:09)
  8. 8 Sonnet for Sister Kate - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:23)
  9. 9 The Star-Crossed Lovers - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:00)
  10. 10 Madness in Great Ones - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:26)
  11. 11 Half the Fun - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:19)
  12. 12 Circle of Fourths - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:49)
  13. 13 The Star-Crossed Lovers - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:16)
  14. 14 Circle of Fourths - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:49)
  15. 15 Suburban Beauty - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:58)
  16. 16 A Flat Minor - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:35)
  17. 17 Café Au Lait - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:44)
  18. 18 Half the Fun (aka Lately] - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:12)
  19. 19 Suburban Beauty - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:59)
  20. 20 A Flat Minor - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:51)
  21. 21 Café Au Lait - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:22)
  22. 22 Pretty Girl - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (8:55)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Solitude - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:43)
  2. 2 Where or When - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:58)
  3. 3 Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:05)
  4. 4 Autumn Leaves - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (7:11)
  5. 5 The Sky Fell Down - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:58)
  6. 6 Prelude to a Kiss - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:43)
  7. 7 Willow Weep for Me - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:15)
  8. 8 Tenderly - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (5:21)
  9. 9 Dancing in the Dark - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:29)
  10. 10 Night and Day - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:51)
  11. 11 Cop-Out - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:52)
  12. 12 The Perfume Suite: Under the Balcony - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:57)
  13. 13 The Perfume Suite: Strange Feeling - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:55)
  14. 14 The Perfume Suite: Dancers in Love - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:19)
  15. 15 The Perfume Suite: Coloratura - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:49)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Part I - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (8:16)
  2. 2 Part II - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:13)
  3. 3 Part III (Light) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:25)
  4. 4 Part IV (Come Sunday) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (7:58)
  5. 5 Part V (Come Sunday) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:46)
  6. 6 Part IV (23rd Psalm) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:08)
  7. 7 Track 360 - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:05)
  8. 8 Blues in Orbit - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:41)
  9. 9 Part I - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:48)
  10. 10 Part II - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:37)
  11. 11 Part III (Light) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:08)
  12. 12 Part IV (Come Sunday) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:23)
  13. 13 Part V (Come Sunday) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (5:50)
  14. 14 Part VI (23rd Psalm) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:59)
  15. 15 Studio Conversation - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (0:06)
  16. 16 Come Sunday - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (5:53)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Alice Blue Gown - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:58)
  2. 2 Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:53)
  3. 3 Got a Date With an Angel - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:32)
  4. 4 Poor Butterfly - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:41)
  5. 5 Satan Takes a Holiday - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:17)
  6. 6 The Peanut Vendor - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:28)
  7. 7 Satin Doll - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:43)
  8. 8 Lady in Red - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:51)
  9. 9 Indian Love Call - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:39)
  10. 10 The Donkey Serenade - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:16)
  11. 11 Gypsy Love Song - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:57)
  12. 12 Laugh, Clown, Laugh - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:54)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Avalon - Duke Ellington's Spacemen (3:21)
  2. 2 Body and Soul - Duke Ellington's Spacemen (4:57)
  3. 3 Bass-Ment - Duke Ellington's Spacemen (3:04)
  4. 4 Early Autumn - Duke Ellington's Spacemen (3:10)
  5. 5 Jones - Duke Ellington's Spacemen (2:55)
  6. 6 Perdido - Duke Ellington's Spacemen (2:49)
  7. 7 St. Louis Blues - Duke Ellington's Spacemen (5:07)
  8. 8 Spacemen - Duke Ellington's Spacemen (2:32)
  9. 9 Midnight Sun - Duke Ellington's Spacemen (3:38)
  10. 10 Take the 'A' Train - Duke Ellington's Spacemen (4:59)
  11. 11 Body and Soul - Duke Ellington's Spacemen (4:46)
  12. 12 Jones - Duke Ellington's Spacemen (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano
Al Hibbler Vocals
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Louie Bellson Drums
Mercer Ellington French Horn
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ray Nance Trumpet, Violin
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Betty Roché Vocals
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Shorty Baker Trumpet
Aaron Bell Bass
Lou Blackburn Trombone
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Willie Cook Trumpet
Tyree Glenn Trombone, Vibes
Rick Henderson Alto Saxophone
Joya Sherrill Vocals
Jimmy Woode Bass
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Sonny Greer Drums
Harry Carney Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Betty Glamann Harp
Fred Guy Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill Trumpet
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
Claude Jones Trombone
Al Killian Trumpet
Wendell Marshall Bass
John Sanders Trombone, Bass Trombone
Terry Snyder Percussion
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Juan Tizol Trombone
Sam Woodyard Drums
Nelson Williams Trumpet
Ozzie Bailey Vocals
Yvonne Lanauze Vocals
Junior Raglin Bass
Francis Williams Trumpet
Fats Ford Trumpet
Margaret Tynes Vocals
Eddie Mullens Trumpet
Bill Graham Alto Saxophone
Britt Hamilton Trombone
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Louie Bellson Composer
Mercer Ellington Producer
Loren Schoenberg Liner Notes
Larry Clinton Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
George Avakian Producer
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Didier C. Deutsch Reissue Producer
Duke Ellington Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Lowell Frank Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Cole Porter Composer
Phil Schaap Remastering
Billy Strayhorn Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Juan Tizol Composer
Irving Townsend Producer, Liner Notes
Mark Wilder Remixing, Mastering
Robert Waller Engineer
Darcy Proper Mastering
Harold Chapman Engineer
Edward O'Dowd Art Direction
Mike Panico Archival Assistant
Ann Ronell Composer
Tom Tierney Archival Assistant
Donna Kloepfer Master Coordination
Michael Brooks Producer
Maria Triana Mastering
Tunbridge Composer
Lengsfelder Composer
Ben Porter Engineer
Florito Composer
Che Williams Archival Assistant
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