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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Masterpieces by Ellington (1951) [Analogue Productions 2014] PS3 ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Masterpieces by Ellington (1951) [APO Remaster 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:38 minutes | Front Cover | 2,23 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Mono (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front Cover | 2,19 GB
or FLAC Mono (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Front Cover | 1,09 GB

Masterpieces by Ellington is the first LP album by American pianist, composer, and bandleader Duke Ellington, recorded for the Columbia label in 1950. It was one of the earliest 12-inch LPs to take advantage of the extended time available and consisted of four tracks, three of them “concert arrangements” of Ellington standards and one, “The Tattooed Bride”, a recent tone poem. The original 1951 release under the “Columbia Masterworks” banner featured a red cover which was replaced by the more modern blue cover in 1956. This album was re-released with additional bonus tracks recorded at later sessions from 1951.

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Duke Ellington – Side By Side (1959/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Duke Ellington – Side By Side (1959/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:10 minutes | 918 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Verve Reissues

Although it is billed as a Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges album, Side by Side is a 1959 album mostly under the leadership of Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington’s alto saxophonist for many years. Ellington only appears on three of this album’s tracks. The album places Hodges at the fore, backing him with piano by Ellington or Billy Strayhorn and providing other accompaniment by well-known jazz figures like Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Harry “Sweets” Edison and Jo Jones. The album, a follow-up to the popular Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues, has remained perpetually in print.

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Casares Brothers Trio & Joe Webb – The Music of Duke Ellington (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Casares Brothers Trio & Joe Webb – The Music of Duke Ellington (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 25:27 minutes | 480 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © The Changes

The body of work by Edward Kennedy Ellington, the Duke of music, it extends to more than 800 works according to Wynton Marsalis. He isn’t just one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century but arguably the one that defines the sound of his era with more accuracy – the music he left though, is timeless. His style is far away from conventional, it is always creative and inventive, symphonic and humorous, rich but straight to the point. His presence in any history book should be taken for granted.

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Duke Ellington – Uppsala 1971 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Duke Ellington – Uppsala 1971 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:19:03 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Storyville Records

In Duke Ellington’s tape collection (“The Stockpile”) were several tapes with concert recordings of the band’s performances on tour. It was a great delight to find a tape box marked “Ellington – Uppsala 9-11-71” in the collection, containing a tape with a concert at the university town of Uppsala, Sweden on Nov. 9th 1971. The second of two concerts in Uppsala that day.

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Ben Webster – Ben Webster Plays Duke Ellington (2018) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz + FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Ben Webster – Ben Webster Plays Duke Ellington (2018)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 47:22 minutes | 3,73 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:22 minutes | 932 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital booklet | © 2xHD – Storyville Records

This album is a collection of classic melodies from the repertoire of Ben Webster’s famous employer of many years, Duke Ellington. The album is compromised of three live radio sessions with the Danish Radio Big Band In 1969 & 1971, plus three live concert sessions with three different backing-trios (Finland in 1967, Denmark in 1969 and Sweden in 1972). Two of the tracks – with Clark Terry, Kenny Drew, Red Mitchell and Bobby Brooks – are previously unissued. Aside from one tune. All the performances with the Danish Radio Big Band are Based on Ellington’s original scores. The quartet sessions are also great, including two “reunions” – one with Ben’s boss from the early 30’s, Teddy Wilson, and the other with fellow Ellington alumnus Clark Terry. That Ben Webster was one of the undisputed jazz-greats on the tenor saxophone- both in a big band and small group context – is amply demonstrated on this fine recordings.

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Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 36:22 minutes | 320 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Original Jazz Sound

Monk’s first recording for the Riverside label, where producers Keepnews and Grauer “thought that Monk’s first LPs would reach a wider audience if he did not record his original music” and accordingly proposed to do an “all-Ellington album” (Robin Kelley, Thelonious Monk, 2009, page 190). Recording dates on July 21st and 27th, 1955 at Van Gelder’s Hackensack studio in New Jersey. Monk with bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Kenny Clarke. When Riverside reissued the album in 1958, the title was changed from “Thelonious Monk Plays the Music Of Duke Ellington” to Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington” and the cover art was replaced by Henri Rousseau’s painting “Repast of the Lion.”

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Duke Ellington – Take the A Train (Remastered) (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Duke Ellington – Take the A Train (Remastered) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:18 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Storyville Records

This expertly remastered digital release sees the legendary Duke Ellington and his band present a selection of iconic numbers. Opening with the famous Take the “A” Train, this album sees these renowned musicians perform Satin Doll, New World a-Comin and five other tracks, all of which show Ellington at the top of his game.

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Duke Ellington – Anatomy Of A Murder (From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture) (1959/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Duke Ellington – Anatomy Of A Murder (From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture) (1959/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 34:50 minutes | 692 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

The 1959 courtroom crime drama “Anatomy of a Murder” was directed by Otto Preminger and adapted by Wendell Mayes from the best-selling homonymous novel written by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver.

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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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