Black, Brown and Beige

Performers Duke Ellington/Mahalia Jackson

Disconforme | February 17, 2009 | Compact Disc

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Full performer name: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Featuring Mahalia Jackson.
Personnel includes: Duke Ellington (piano); Mahalia Jackson (vocals); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); Shorty Baker, "Cat" Anderson (trumpet); Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman, John Sanders (trombone); Ray Nance (violin); Sam Woodyard (drums).
Producer: Irving Townsend.
Reissue producer: Nedra Olds-Neal.
Includes liner notes by Irving Townsend, John Sanders and Phil Schaap.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Mahalia Jackson (vocals).
Widely regarded as one of Ellington's finest works, this extended piece is intended as--in the Duke's words--"a tone parallel to the history of the American Negro." Originally premiered in Carnegie Hall in 1943, it is a work of symphonic complexity and astonishing range and appeal. The performance on this Collector's Edition disc consists of two major parts of the complete piece, "Work Song" and "Come Sunday." Each of these is further divided into six parts, through which the themes are stated, developed, restated, and set in dialogue with other voices.
Shifting tempos, swelling orchestrations, and standout playing by Harry Carney, Quentin Jackson, Cat Anderson, and Ray Nance further heighten the impact of this Ellington masterwork. The distinguishing mark, however, is the presence of Mahalia Jackson. Her rich, deeply soulful delivery on "Come Sunday" and the finale (in which Jackson sings the 23rd Psalm) give the piece the stirring immediacy that its subject matter demands. Jackson's performance and the elegant, dramatic interpretations of the Orchestra provide irrefutable evidence of the breadth and ambition of the Duke's compositional imagination.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 17, 2009

Genre: Big Band

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1958

Label Name: Disconforme

UPC: 8436028694303

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Black, Brown and Beige

Performers Duke Ellington/Mahalia Jackson
Guest Artist(s) Ray Nance

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 17, 2009

Genre: Big Band

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1958

Label Name: Disconforme

UPC: 8436028694303


Title Track Time
1.Part I --
2.Part II --
3.Part III (AKA Light) --
4.Part IV (AKA Come Sunday) --
5.Part IV (AKA Come Sunday Interlude) --
6.Part VI (23rd Psalm) --
7.Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald --
8.Mood Indigo --
9.Sophisticated Lady --

Editorial Notes

Full performer name: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Featuring Mahalia Jackson.
Personnel includes: Duke Ellington (piano); Mahalia Jackson (vocals); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); Shorty Baker, "Cat" Anderson (trumpet); Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman, John Sanders (trombone); Ray Nance (violin); Sam Woodyard (drums).
Producer: Irving Townsend.
Reissue producer: Nedra Olds-Neal.
Includes liner notes by Irving Townsend, John Sanders and Phil Schaap.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Mahalia Jackson (vocals).
Widely regarded as one of Ellington's finest works, this extended piece is intended as--in the Duke's words--"a tone parallel to the history of the American Negro." Originally premiered in Carnegie Hall in 1943, it is a work of symphonic complexity and astonishing range and appeal. The performance on this Collector's Edition disc consists of two major parts of the complete piece, "Work Song" and "Come Sunday." Each of these is further divided into six parts, through which the themes are stated, developed, restated, and set in dialogue with other voices.
Shifting tempos, swelling orchestrations, and standout playing by Harry Carney, Quentin Jackson, Cat Anderson, and Ray Nance further heighten the impact of this Ellington masterwork. The distinguishing mark, however, is the presence of Mahalia Jackson. Her rich, deeply soulful delivery on "Come Sunday" and the finale (in which Jackson sings the 23rd Psalm) give the piece the stirring immediacy that its subject matter demands. Jackson's performance and the elegant, dramatic interpretations of the Orchestra provide irrefutable evidence of the breadth and ambition of the Duke's compositional imagination.
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