Started by George, August 31, 2014, 12:02:09 PM
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Quote from: Stu on August 18, 2022, 01:43:01 PMI'm new around here and this is my first post in the Jazz subforum so I thought I would just write a brief note about how I go about listening to the master, Duke Ellington, given that his output is so vast and labyrinthine. None of this is new to committed Ellingtonians, but I only began listening to Duke in a serious way about 6 years ago, and it takes some time and so much reading and listening to make sense of all the periods and availability of music.I mostly listening to chronological playlists that I made for each year of Duke Ellington studio recordings from 1926 to the mid-50s. After that period, I'm mostly happy to listen to LP programs, although there are of course the mountain of private session recordings to contend with.As much as is possible for these playlists I source from either the four main Mosaic boxsets (30s ARC band, 30s ARC small groups, 50s Capitol recordings, 60s Reprise recordings) or the giant RCA centennial box. For the 20s recordings not in the RCA centennial box, I source from the GRP Early Ellington compilation and the Columbia Okeh Ellington compilation. As is well known among Ellingtonians, the major black hole in terms of highest quality CD/digital availability is the Columbia period of 1947 - 1952 (as well as the brief Musicraft period of 1946 and the Mercer Records small group recordings of that time). For those very underrated years, I have mostly used the Chronological Classics compilations, unfortunately.As amazing and awe-inspiring as the 1940-1942 period is, I find myself returning to the mid to late 30s years more than any other era in my Duke listening habits.I do also have playlists for broadcasts and concert recordings of course
Quote from: SimonNZ on August 20, 2022, 10:18:01 PMOf those not mentioned yet I'd add The Afro-Eurasion Eclipse and The Latin American Suite to the crowded list of essential Ellington.I'd also give a shout-out to the unjustly neglected Duke Ellington's Jazz Violin Session
Quote from: Stu on August 22, 2022, 04:49:32 AMHis ambition and creativity right up until the end of his life is truly an inspiration.I've noticed it tends to get short shrift of the three from critics, but I'll also put in a word for the third Sacred Concert. It's not as consistent maybe, but "The Majesty of God" is my personal highlight of all three concerts.
Quote from: San Antone on August 22, 2022, 01:15:07 PMI would add to my suggestion of the Blanton-Webster band collection, Never No Lament - to second the recommendation of the Sacred Concerts, both the first and the second (as far as I know the thrid has never beeen officially released).Also these recordings contain what I consider some of his best recorded material:Masterpieces. Extended arrangements of some of his most well know works.Black, Brown, and Beige. Although this is a truncated version of the sore it is still remarkable and with the inclusion of Mahalia Jackson, a first rate Ellington record. The entire Black, Brown, and Beige can be found on the The Carnegie Hall Concerts: January 1943. But the ultimate Duke Ellington collection is the Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings, 24CDs spanning his careeer but heavily weighted towards the early years.
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