Duke Ellington’s ‘Ellington Uptown’

Duke Ellington‘s ‘Ellington Uptown’ is an album recorded on December 7 & 11, 1951, February 29, June 30 & July 1, 1952 with Billy Strayhorn on piano and released in 1952 by Columbia.

Track Listing : 1.Skin Deep (Louis Bellson) – 06:49 . 2.The Mooche (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 06:36 . 3.Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn) – 08:02 . 4.A Tone Parallel To Harlem (Harlem Suite) (Duke Ellington) – 13:48 . 5.Perdido (Juan Tizol) (Duke Ellington) – 08:25 . 6.Controversial Suite Part 1: Before My Time (Duke Ellington) – 06:09 . 7.Controversial Suite Part 2: Later (Duke Ellington) – 04:14

Musicians : Billy Strayhorn – Piano . Cat Anderson – Trumpet On (1 – 2 – 3 – 5) . Shorty Baker – Trumpet . Willie Cook – Trumpet . Clark Terry – Trumpet . Francis Williams – Trumpet On (4 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 – 12 -13) . Ray Nance – Trumpet, Violin . Quentin Jackson – Trombone . Britt Woodman – Trombone . Juan Tizol – Valve Trombone . Jimmy Hamilton – Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone . Willie Smith – Alto Saxophone On (1 – 4 – 6 – 7) . Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone On (3 – 7) . Hilton Jefferson – Alto Saxophone On(1 – 2 – 3 – 5) . Russell Procope – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet . Paul Gonsalves – Tenor Saxophone . Harry Carney – Baritone Saxophone . Wendell Marshall – Bass . Louis Bellson – Drums . Betty Roche – Vocal On (3)

Production : Produced By George Avakian

Recorded On December 7 & 11, 1951, February 29, June 30 & July 1, 1952.

Released 1952 By Columbia.

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PopMatters
Some may even prefer this set, as it is both more uptempo and archetypically demonstrative of Ellington’s trademark pictorialism. If Masterpieces is primarily about the direct exploration of various states of mind, then Uptown is more about the representation of geographical spaces and the emotions associated with them. […]

Sputnikmusic.com
“Skin Deep” is my favorite recording of all time. This tune has a great melody that swings hard. After the main melody is over, that is when Bellson takes off and starts what I consider one of the best drum solos. […]

All About Jazz
”Controversial Suite” includes two pieces that are intended to show the contrast between traditional jazz of the period just following World War II and the new “progressive” jazz that was just catching on. Ellington proved that his orchestra could swing in either format. […]

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