Ellington Uptown

Performers Duke Ellington

Columbia | February 17, 2004 | Compact Disc

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Although some historians have characterized the early '50s as Duke Ellington's "off period" (due to the defection of alto star Johnny Hodges), in reality, his 1951-1952 orchestra could hold its own against his best. This set has many classic moments, including Betty Roche's famous bebop vocal on "Take the 'A' Train," a version of "The Mooche" that contrasts the different clarinet styles of Russell Procope and Jimmy Hamilton, a hot "Perdido" that is highlighted by some great Clark Terry trumpet, Louie Bellson's drum solo on "Skin Deep," a definitive version of "The Harlem Suite," and the two-part "Controversial Suite," which contrasts New Orleans jazz with futuristic music worthy of Stan Kenton. One of the great Duke Ellington sets. The 2004 edition features gorgeously remastered sound, and adds no less than six bonus cuts: the enigmatic: "Dance"s 1-5," and the stunningly beautiful "I Feel Like Sunrise." ~ Scott Yanow

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 17, 2004

Genre: Big Band

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1952

Label Name: Columbia

UPC: 696998706620

Found in: Big Band

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Ellington Uptown

Performers Duke Ellington
Guest Artist(s) Al Hibbler, Betty Roche, Billy Strayhorn, Clark Terry, Harry Carney, Johnny Hodges, Juan Tizol, Louie Bellson, Paul Gonsalves, Ray Nance
Producer George Avakian
Engineer Fred Plaut, Harold Chapman

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 17, 2004

Genre: Big Band

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1952

Label Name: Columbia

UPC: 696998706620


Title Track Time
1.Skin Deep --
2.Mooche, The --
3.Take The A Train --
4.Tone Parallel To Harlem --
5.Perdido --
6.Before My Time --
7.Later --
8.I Like The Sunrise --
9.Dance No. 1 --
10.Dance No. 2 --
11.Dance No. 3 --
12.Dance No. 4 --
13.Dance No. 5 --

Editorial Notes

Although some historians have characterized the early '50s as Duke Ellington's "off period" (due to the defection of alto star Johnny Hodges), in reality, his 1951-1952 orchestra could hold its own against his best. This set has many classic moments, including Betty Roche's famous bebop vocal on "Take the 'A' Train," a version of "The Mooche" that contrasts the different clarinet styles of Russell Procope and Jimmy Hamilton, a hot "Perdido" that is highlighted by some great Clark Terry trumpet, Louie Bellson's drum solo on "Skin Deep," a definitive version of "The Harlem Suite," and the two-part "Controversial Suite," which contrasts New Orleans jazz with futuristic music worthy of Stan Kenton. One of the great Duke Ellington sets. The 2004 edition features gorgeously remastered sound, and adds no less than six bonus cuts: the enigmatic: "Dance"s 1-5," and the stunningly beautiful "I Feel Like Sunrise." ~ Scott Yanow
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