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Original Recordings Group [ORG] / Columbia

Duke Ellington – Blues In Orbit | 45rpm 2LP

$95.00

Original Recordings Group [ORG] / Columbia

Duke Ellington – Blues In Orbit | 45rpm 2LP

$95.00

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A TAV Essential Listening Album.

Note: A 33 1/3 rpm version of this album is also available here.

“Duke Ellington is joined by the likes of Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges and more for this recording from multiple sessions spreading from February 1958 to December 1959.

"It's tempting for Blues in Orbit to be overlooked when Duke Ellington's best albums are discussed, but truly it's an undisputed gem. There are 11 tracks, none of them is longer than 4:50 and it is all good stuff. There are some familiar favorites such as "In a Mellotone" and "C Jam Blues" as well as less often heard gems like "Blues in Blueprint and "Sweet and Pungent." It is also in stereo, and the arrangements are superb.

The featured performers include Ellington stalwarts Johnnie Hodges, Ray Nance, Harry Carney and Jimmy Hamilton, as well as the less familiar Booty Wood and Matthew Gee. Johnnie, in particular is well showcased here, taking the lead not only in slow pieces like "Brown Penny" and "Sentimental Lady", but also in the rousing, "Smada."

All of the takes were recorded during after midnight sessions recorded over two nights starting on December 2, 1959 in New York at Columbia Records' studio on East 30th Street. Each night Duke's late dinner arrived at 2 a.m. — a sizzling steak, a pot of coffee with lemons in it, portions of American cheese, and grapefruits. After dinner, and a breather for the band, the sessions finished around dawn in a swinging fashion." - Acoustic Sounds

“it's an album worth tracking down, if only to hear the band run through a lighter side of its sound -- indeed, it captures the essence of a late-night recording date that was as much a loose jam as a formal studio date, balancing the spontaneity of the former and the technical polish of the latter. Ellington and company were just back from a European tour when the bulk of this album was recorded at one after-midnight session in New York on December 2, 1959 -- the arrangements had to be hastily written out when the copyist failed to appear for the gig. So on the one hand, the band was kicking back with these shorter pieces; on the other, the group was also improvising freely and intensely at various points.” – AllMusic

Item description:

Artist:

Duke Ellington

Title:

Blues In Orbit

Label:

Original Recordings Group [ORG] Music / Columbia

Format:

2 × Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Stereo, Reissue, Limited Edition

Pressing:

US

Release Date:

This reissue: 2012 | Original - 1960

Genre:

Jazz

Style:

Big Band, Swing

Catalog No:

ORG 120

Condition:

New