Duke Ellington Symphonic Ellington

Symphonic Ellington
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CD Details

  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Collectables Records
  • Original Album: Reprise 6097 (1963)

Description by OLDIES.com:

Subtitled "Duke Ellington and his orchestra and 500 of Europe's finest musicians," this is a CD reissue of Ellington's 1963 album - featuring his orchestra along with the symphony and opera orchestras of Paris, Hamburg, Stockholm and La Scala.

Entertainment Reviews:

Down Beat - 6/93, p.51
3 Stars - Good - "...THE SYMPHONIC ELLINGTON involves a now-fully-stabilized 1963 personnel plus, in [annotator Stanley] Dance's words, 'some 500 of the best talents from the symphonic resources of Paris, Hamburg, Stockholm and Milan'..."


  • 1.Night Creature, 1st Movement
  • 2.Night Creature, 2nd Movement
  • 3.Night Creature, 3rd Movement
  • 4.Non-Violent Integration
  • 5.La Scala, She Too Pretty To Be Blue
  • 6.Harlem

Product Description:

Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Duke Ellington; Lawrence D. Brown, Lawrence Brown (trombone); Ernie Shepard (double bass); Ray Nance (violin, cornet); Russell Procope (clarinet, alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone); Cootie Williams, Roy Burrowes, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Buster Cooper (trombone); Chuck Connors (bass trombone); Sam Woodyard (drums).
Liner Note Author: Stanley Dance.
Recording information: Germany; Milan, Italy; Paris, France; Stockholm, Sweden.
In 1963 Duke Ellington realized a longtime goal, to record some of his extended works using both a symphony orchestra and his regular big band. Included on this fine CD are the three movements of "Night Creature," the relatively brief "Non-Violent Integration," "La Scala," and an adaptation of Ellington's "Harlem Air Shaft." With most of his all-star soloists heard from in this program and a complete avoidance of trying to make his music sound so-called "respectable" or self-consciously third stream, Ellington's arrangements keep the strings from weighing down the proceedings and the music is actually quite successful. ~ Scott Yanow
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 1,716
  • UPC: 090431673126
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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