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The Ellington Suites

The Ellington Suites
Duke Ellington
Released 1976
Recorded April 4, 1959, April 27, 1971 & October 5, 1972
Genre Jazz
Label Pablo
Producer Norman Granz
Duke Ellington chronology

Live at the Whitney
(1972)
The Ellington Suites
(1959-1972)
This One's for Blanton!
(1972)

The Ellington Suites is a studio album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington which collects three suites recorded in 1959, 1971 & 1972 released on the Pablo label in 1976.[1] The album won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band in 1976.[2] Ellington wrote the "Queen's Suite" for Queen Elizabeth II who was presented with a single pressing of the recording which was not commercially issued during Ellington's lifetime.

Reception

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars and states "Although there are some good moments from Ellington's orchestras of 1959 and 1971-72, few of the themes (outside of "The Single Petal of a Rose" from "The Queen's Suite") are all that memorable. But even lesser Ellington is of great interest and veteran collectors may want to pick this up".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing

All compositions by Duke Ellington except as indicated
  1. "Queen's Suite: Sunset and the Mocking Bird" (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) - 3:50
  2. "Queen's Suite: Lightning Bugs and Frogs" - 2:52
  3. "Queen's Suite: Le Sucrier Velours" - 2:46
  4. "Queen's Suite: Northern Lights" (Strayhorn) - 3:37
  5. "Queen's Suite: The Single Petal of a Rose" - 4:08
  6. "Queen's Suite: Apes and Peacocks" - 3:05
  7. "Goutelas Suite: Fanfare" - 0:31
  8. "Goutelas Suite: Goutelas" - 1:12
  9. "Goutelas Suite: Get-With-Itness" - 1:55
  10. "Goutelas Suite: Something" - 5:22
  11. "Goutelas Suite: Having at It" - 3:35
  12. "Goutelas Suite: Fanfare" - 0:34
  13. "Uwis Suite: Uwis" - 7:51
  14. "Uwis Suite: Klop" - 2:00
  15. "Uwis Suite: Loco Madi" - 5:52
  • Recorded April 4, 1959 (#1-6), April 27, 1971 (#7-12) & October 5, 1972 (#13-15)

Personnel

References

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