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Duke Ellington – Ellington ’65 (1964/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Duke Ellington – Ellington ’65 (1964/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:50 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Rhino/Warner Bros.

Ellington ‘65 is an illuminating eleven-track album of standards from the legendary Duke Ellington. The album is among the very best in his career and highlights some of the most exceptional performances from veteran players like Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope and Lawrence Brown. With blistering horn arrangements, the ensemble delivers passionate and virtuosic performances on songs like “Hello, Dolly!,” “Never on Sunday,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” A must have for any music library.

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Duke Ellington – …And His Mother Called Him Bill (1968/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Duke Ellington – …And His Mother Called Him Bill (1968/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:23 minutes | 0,97 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © RCA – Legacy

When Billy Strayhorn died of cancer in 1967, Duke Ellington was devastated. His closest friend and arranger had left his life full of music and memories. As a tribute, Ellington and his orchestra almost immediately began recording a tribute to Strayhorn, using the late arranger’s own compositions.

The album features well-known and previously unrecorded Strayhorn tunes that showcase his range, versatility, and, above all, the quality that Ellington admired him most for: his sensitivity to all of the timbral, tonal, and color possibilities an orchestra could bring to a piece of music.

Full of informality and soulful verve, these recordings feel like they are an afterthought, an unwillingness to completely let go, a eulogy whose final words are questions, elegantly stated and met with only the echo of their last vibrations ringing in an empty room, full of wondering, longing, and helplessness, but above all the point of the questions themselves: “Is this enough?” or “Can there ever be enough to pay an adequate tribute to this man?”

They are interesting questions, because only five years later we would all be saying the same thing about Ellington. For a man who issued well over 300 albums, this set is among his most profoundly felt and very finest recorded moments.

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Duke Ellington – In Coventry, 1966 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Duke Ellington – In Coventry, 1966 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:05:31 minutes | 724 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Storyville Records

During the year of 1966 Duke Ellington was touring Europe. Duke Ellington’s sacred concerts had many incarnations, more than the three on the commercial records: The First (1965), The Second (1968) and The Third (1973). At concerts Ellington often made changes in the proceedings – left out some numbers, and played others, and altered the succession of numbers played. This was evidenced at Coventry Cathedral on a winter’s Monday, February 21st 1966. The Coventry concert had its centerpiece in “In The Beginning God”, but apart from that it was no ordinary sacred concert: Two numbers, “Come Sunday” and “Tell Me It’s The Truth” would have a vocal on the issued record and in other performances of A Concert of Sacred Music the previous year, but were purely instrumental here – and the two numbers following “In The Beginning God” had no connection to a religious theme. With him on that day in Coventry Cathedral were some highly professional British vocalists, The Cliff Adams Singers and the baritone singer George Webb, giving the performance a special quality, which the band acknowledged by playing on the top of their game. The concert was filmed for TV, and part of it was telecast. Two numbers were regrettably omitted from the TV production, but are on this album, a powerful version of “Light (Montage)” from Black, Brown And Beige, and the above-mentioned “Come Sunday.” The concert also includes a premiere and only performance of a new Ellington composition “Come Easter,” a premiere of another new Ellington piece “West Indian Pancake,” and one of the first performances of a piece which would become an important part of many concerts during the following years, “La Plus Belle Africaine.”

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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Ellington Indigos (1958/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Ellington Indigos (1958/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 35:56 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTT | Booklet, Front Cover | © Columbia Records/HDTT
Recorded: March 13, September 9 to October 14, 1957 in NYC. Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape

Indigos is a seminal Jazz album by big band superstar Duke Ellington, originally released in 1958. Ellington chose a set of easy listening ballads to be performed by his ace Big Band, putting less emphasis on the uptempo and danceable Swing the group was revered for.

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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Midnight in Paris (1962/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/352,8kHz]

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Midnight in Paris (1962/2015)
Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo (tracks) 24-bit/352,8 kHz | Time – 42:17 minutes | 2,36 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTT | Booklet, Front Cover | © High Definition Tape Transfers
Recorded at Columbia Studio A, New York on January 30, 1962 (#5,8,10), January 31, 1962 (#4,9,11), February 27, 1962 (#1), June 21, 1962 (#3,6), and June 26, 1962 (#2,7,12,13)

Midnight in Paris is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded in 1962 for the Columbia label. The album features performances of compositions inspired by or associated with Paris.

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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – The Popular Duke Ellington (1966/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – The Popular Duke Ellington (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 42:15 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: RCA Hollywood Recording Studio B in Los Angeles, CA on May 9 (#1,2,9), May 10 (#5,6,10,11) and May 11 (#3,4,7,8), 1966

The Popular Duke Ellington is a studio album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington featuring many of the tunes associated with his orchestra rerecorded in 1966 and released on the RCA label in 1966.

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Duke Ellington – Piano In The Foreground (1961/2016) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2,82MHz + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Duke Ellington – Piano In The Foreground (1961/2016)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz MHz | Time – 36:27 minutes | 1,62 GB
or FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 36:27 minutes | 801 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

“Piano in the Foreground” is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded and released on the Columbia label in 1961. It features Ellington in a piano trio setting, emphasising his own keyboard prowess rather than the big band arrangements more typical of his recordings.

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Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Concert In The Virgin Islands (1965/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Concert In The Virgin Islands (1965/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:22 minutes | 1,46 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Rhino/Warner Bros.

This lush, Caribbean-themed collection created a new standard for big band music. The recording includes four original compositions representing the “Virgin Island Suite” and new readings of classics from Ellington’s extensive repertoire. The pieces on this set are as impressive as the stellar line up of musicians including Cat Anderson, Jimmy Hamilton, Billy Strayhorn, among others. The inspired performances and textured nuances are captured with the highest fidelity.

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Duke Ellington – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: The Symphonic Ellington (1963/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – The Symphonic Ellington (1963/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:29 minutes | 1,55 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Rhino/Warner Bros.

Ellington’s revolutionizing vision of incorporating a symphony orchestra in his work unfolds with The Symphonic Ellington. This breathtaking recording is full of colorful arrangements and inspired solos. “Night Creatures,” the opening three part movement features Ellington’s effort to “make the symphony swing.” The ingenious album is a true highlight in Duke Ellington’s long established career.

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Duke Ellington – Supreme Jazz (2006) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Duke Ellington – Supreme Jazz (2006) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:54 mins | Scans included | 3,68 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,15 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Label: Membran Music Ltd.

Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years. The two aspects of his career were related; Ellington used his band as a musical laboratory for his new compositions and shaped his writing specifically to showcase the talents of his bandmembers, many of whom remained with him for long periods. Ellington also wrote film scores and stage musicals, and several of his instrumental works were adapted into songs that became standards. In addition to touring year in and year out, he recorded extensively, resulting in a gigantic body of work that was still being assessed a quarter century after his death.

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