Duke Ellington records ‘The Nutcracker Suite,’ his take on the Tchaikovsky’s work, arranged by himself and Billy Strayhorn (1960)

Duke Ellington's 'The Nutcracker Suite' is an album featuring jazz interpretations of 'The Nutcracker' by Tchaikovsky, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, recorded on May 26 & 31, June 3, 21 & 22, 1960 and released in 1960 By Columbia.Track Listing : 1.Overture (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) - 03:22 . 2.Toot Toot Tootie Toot (Dance Of The Reed-Pipes) (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) - 02:30 .…

Verve record ‘Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra’ (1962)

Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra' is a studio album arranged by Billy Strayhorn, featuring many members of Duke Ellington's orchestra and recorded on December 11–12, 1962 and released in June 1962 by Verve.Track Listing : 1.Don'T Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) - 03:00 . 2.I Got It Bad (And That Ain'T Good) (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) - 03:35 .…

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn record ‘Great Times!’ for Riverside (1950)

'Great Times!' by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn is an album recorded on September 13, October 3 & November, 1950 and released the same year by Riverside.Track Listing : 1.Cotton Tail (Duke Ellington) - 02:55 . 2.C Jam Blues (Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington) - 02:58 . 3.Flamingo (Edmund Anderson, Ted Grouya) - 03:00 . 4.Bang-Up Blues (Duke Ellington) - 03:08 . 5.Tonk (Duke Ellington,…

Joe Henderson records ‘Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn’ with Wynton Marsalis, Christian Mcbride et al (1991)

Joe Henderson's 'Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn' is a (tribute to Billy Strayhorn) album recorded on September 3 & 8, 1991 and released In 1992 By Verve.Track Listing : 1.Isfahan (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 05:59 . 2.Johnny Come Lately (Billy Strayhorn) - 06:30 . 3.Blood Count (Billy Strayhorn) - 07:19 . 4.Rain Check (Billy Strayhorn) - 05:54 . 5.Lotus Blossom (Billy…

Count Strayhorn

From 'Satin Doll' to 'Day Dream', we have mixed 20 'Jazz' tunes written or co-written by 'Billy Strayhorn'. It has Ella Fitzgerald, David Sanborn, Archie Shepp, Jimmy Smith and many more.

Joe Henderson records ‘The Kicker’ for Milestone (1967)

Joe Henderson's 'The Kicker' is an album recorded on August 10 & September 27, 1967 with Mike Lawrence, Grachan Moncur III, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter and Louis Hayes and released the same year by Milestone.Track Listing : 1.Mamacita (Joe Henderson) - 03:24 . 2.The Kicker (Joe Henderson) - 04:09 . 3.Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn) - 04:40 . 4.If (Joe Henderson) - 05:37 . 5.Nardis (Miles Davis)…

Duke Ellington records ‘Live at the Blue Note’ with his Orchestra (1959)

Duke Ellington's 'Live at the Blue Note' is an album recorded on August 9, 1959 and released the same year by Roulette.1 . Sophisticated Lady 2 . All Of Me (w/ Johnny Hodges Solo, Switzerland '59 4/7 3 . Germany (1959) Track listing : 1.Haupe (Duke Ellington) - 03:58 . 2.Flirtibird (Duke Ellington) - 03:01 . 3.Pie Eye's Blues (Duke Ellington) - 03:16 . 4.Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington,…

Duke Ellington records ‘Such Sweet Thunder,’ an album based on the work of William Shakespeare (1957)

Duke Ellington's 'Such Sweet Thunder' is an album based on the work of William Shakespeare and recorded on August 7, 1956 and May 3, 1957.1 . Such Sweet Thunder (Switzerland '59 2/7 2 . Hank Sank (1959) 3 . Up And Down (w/ Amii Stewart) Track listing : 1.Such Sweet Thunder (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) - 03:22 . 2.Sonnet for Caesar (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) - 03:00 . 3.Sonnet to…

Duke Ellington records ‘Soul Call’ with his orchestra at the Antibes Jazz Festival (1966)

Duke Ellington's 'Soul Call' is a live album recorded with his orchestra on July 26, 27, 28 & 29 1966 at the Juan-les-Pins/Antibes Jazz Festival, Côte d'Azur and released In 1967 by Verve.Track Listing : 1.La Plus Belle Africaine (Duke Ellington) – 14:00 . 2.West Indian Pancake (Duke Ellington) - 04:41 . 3.Soul Call (Louie Bellson, Henry Bellson) - 03:09 . 4.Skin Deep (Louie Bellson) - 13:03…

Roland Kirk records ‘Volunteered Slavery’ for Atlantic Records (1969)

Roland Kirk's 'Volunteered Slavery' is an album recorded on July 7, 1968 at Newport Jazz Festival, and on July 22 & 23, 1969 in studio and released in 1969 by Atlantic.1 . Volunteered Slavery 2 . Say A Little Prayer 3 . Three For Festival / Volunteered Slavery (Bologna, 1973) Track listing : 1.Volunteered Slavery (Roland Kirk) - 05:43 . 2.Spirits Up Above (Roland Kirk) - 03:37 . 3.My Cherie…

Ella Fitzgerald records ‘Ella and Basie!’ her first studio album with Count Basie and his Orchestra arranged by Quincy Jones (1963)

'Ella and Basie!' is the first studio album (recorded on July 16–17, 1963) by Ella Fitzgerald with the Count Basie Orchestra playing arrangements by Quincy Jones and released in September 1963 by Verve.Track Listing : 1.Honeysuckle Rose (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) - 02:42 . 2.'Deed I Do (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose) - 02:40 . 3.Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts) - 03:20…

Verve tape ‘Oscar Peterson Plays the Duke Ellington Song book’ (1959)

'Oscar Peterson Plays the Duke Ellington Song book' is an album recorded between July 14 and August 9, 1959 with Ray Brown on double bass and Ed Thigpen on drums and released the same year by Verve.1 . Take the A train 2 . In a Mellow Tone (w/ Ella Fitzgerald) 3 . During this Time (w/ Ben Webster) 4 . I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good (w/ Ben Webster, 1972) Track listing : 1.Cotton Tail (Duke…

Columbia record Duke Ellington and his band at the Newport Jazz Festival for ‘Ellington at Newport’ (1956)

'Ellington at Newport' is a live album by Duke Ellington and his band recorded on July 7, 1956 at the Newport Jazz Festival and released the same year by Columbia.1 . Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue (Newport 1956) 2 . Diminuendo & Crescendo In Blue (w/ Paul Gonsalves) Track Listing : 1.Festival Junction (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) - 10:08 . 2.Blues To Be There (Duke Ellington, Billy…

Columbia tape ‘First Time! The Count Meets the Duke’ by Duke Ellington & Count Basie and their respective orchestras (1961)

'First Time! The Count Meets the Duke' by Duke Ellington & Count Basie is an album recorded on July 6, 1961, with their combined orchestras and released the same year by Columbia..Track Listing : 1.Battle Royal (Duke Ellington) - 05:33 . 2.To You (Thad Jones) - 03:53 . 3.Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn) - 03:46 . 4.Corner Pocket (Freddie Green, Donald Wolf) - 04:53 . 5.Wild Man (Duke…

Ella Fitzgerald records ‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song book’ with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (1957)

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song book' is a studio album recorded with the Duke Ellington Orchestra on June 25 and October 17, 1957 and released the same year By Verve Records.1 . Côte d'Azur - I 2 . Côte d'Azur - II 3 . w/ Duke Ellington (1968) 4 . I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So 5 . sings In a Mellow Tone (w/ Oscar Peterson) 6 . It Don't Mean a thing (1974) 7 . Just a sittin…

George Benson records his twelfth album ‘Bad Benson’ for CTI (1974)

George Benson's 'Bad Benson' is his twelfth studio album recorded on April 22 and June 20, 1974 and released on October 13, 1974 by CTI.1 . Take Five (1976 Montreux 1986) 2 . My latin brother Track Listing : 1.Take Five (Paul Desmond) - 07:08 . 2.Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Johnny Mandel) - 02:56 . 3.My Latin Brother (George Benson) - 06:50 . 4.No Sooner Said…

Roland Kirk records ‘Left & Right’ for Atlantic (1968)

Roland Kirk's 'Left & Right' is an album recorded on June 17 & 18 1968 and released the same year By Atlantic.Track Listing : 1.Black Mystery Has Been Revealed (Roland Kirk) - 01:17 . 2.Expansions: Kirkquest/Kingus Mingus/Celestialness/A Dream Of Beauty Reincarnated/Frisco Vibrations/Classical Jazzical/El Kirk (Roland Kirk) - 19:37 . 3.Lady'S Blues (Roland Kirk) - 03:46 . 4.Ix Love…

Natalie Cole releases ‘Unforgettable… with Love,’ an album of standards performed by her father, Nat King Cole (1991)

Natalie Cole's 'Unforgettable… with Love' is an album featuring covers of standards performed by Natalie's father, Nat King Cole and released on June 11, 1991 by Elektra..1 . Route 66 (w/ Diana Krall) 2 . Mona Lisa, Smile (The Natalie Cole Special 1978) 3 . L.O.V.E. 4 . This can't be Love, Paper Moon 5 . That Sunday That Summer 6 . STRAIGHTEN UP 7 . Unforgettable Track Listing : 1.The Very…

Joe Henderson records ‘Page One,’ his debut album for Blue Note (1963)

Joe Henderson's 'Page One' is his debut album recorded on June 3, 1963 and released the same year by Blue Note.1 . Homestretch 2 . Recorda-me Track Listing : 1.Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham) – 08:03 . 2.La Mesha (Kenny Dorham) – 09:10 . 3.Homestretch (Joe Henderson) - 04:15 . 4.Recorda Me (Joe Henderson) - 06:03 . 5.Jinrikisha (Joe Henderson) - 07:24 . 6.Out Of The Night (Joe Henderson) - 07:23 Reid…

The Rolling Stones release ‘Still Life,’ a live album recorded during their previous year American Tour (1982)

The Rolling Stones' 'Still Life' is a live album recorded during the band's American Tour in 1981 and released on June 1, 1982 by Rolling Stones/Virgin.1 . Let's Spend The Night Together (Tempe, Arizona '81) 2 . Shattered (Tempe, Arizona '81) 3 . The Shattered (Hampton Coliseum , 1981) 4 . The Twenty Flight Rock (Hampton Coliseum, 1981) 5 . Twenty Flight Rock (Tempe, Arizona '81) 6 . The Going To…

We Remember Duke Ellington. ‘Le Duke’

This day (May 24, 1974), in New York City, died Edward Kennedy Ellington a.k.a Duke Ellington, an American composer, pianist and big-band leader.Digest Tracklist : Take The A Train . La Plus Belle Africaine (1969) . Duke Ellington Orchestra - Prologue To The Black And Tan Fantasy/ Creole Love Call/ The Mooche (1966) . On The Fringe Of The Jungle (1967) . & Ella Fitzgerald - Lush Life (1965)…

Tal Farlow and Lenny Breau record their unique collaboration album : ‘Chance Meeting’ (1980)

'Chance Meeting' by Tal Farlow & Lenny Breau is their first and only performance together recorded on May 21, 1980 and released in 1997 by Guitarchives.Track Listing : 1.I Love You (Cole Porter) - 05:24 . 2.Satin Doll (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer) - 07:03 . 3.My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 08:40 . 4.All The Things You Are (Oscar Hammerstein Ii, Jerome…

Nonesuch publish Joshua Redman’s fourteenth album : ‘Walking Shadows’ (2013)

Joshua Redman's 'Walking Shadows' is his fourteenth album recorded with a large symphonic ensemble and released on May 6, 2013 by Nonesuch.Track Listing : 1.The Folks Who Live On The Hill (Oscar Hammerstein Ii, Jerome Kern) - 04:00 . 2.Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn) - 06:44 . 3.Stop This Train (John Mayer, Pino Palladino) - 04:44 . 4.Adagio (Johann Sebastian Bach) - 03:16 . 5.Easy Living (Ralph…

Blue Note release ‘An Evening with Lena Horne’ recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra (1995)

'An Evening with Lena Horne' is a live album recorded on September 19, 1994 with the Count Basie Orchestra and released on March 21, 1995 by Blue Note.Track Listing : 1.I Come Runnin' (Roc Hillman) - 03:08 . 2.Maybe (Billy Strayhorn) - 02:47 . 3.I'Ve Got The World On A String (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) - 04:56 . 4.Old Friend (Stephen Sondheim) - 03:13 . 5.Something To Live For (Duke Ellington,…

Charles Mingus and a Sextet featuring Eric Dolphy record ‘Cornell 1964,’ a live album

Charles Mingus' 'Cornell 1964' is a live album recorded on March 18, 1964 with a Sextet featuring Eric Dolphy and released in 2007 by Blue Note.Track Listing : 1.Opening (Charles Mingus) - 00:16 . 2.Atfw You (Jaki Byard) - 04:26 . 3.Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) - 04:23 . 4.Fables Of Faubus (Charles Mingus) - 29:41 . 5.Orange Was The Colour Of Her Dress, Then…

Starting today, Bobby McFerrin tours Germany where he will record ‘The Voice,’ a live album (1984)

Bobby McFerrin's 'The Voice' is a live album recorded between March 17 & 26, 1984 in Germany and released the same year by Elektra.Track Listing : 1.Blackbird (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 03:07 . 2.The Jump (Bobby Mcferrin) - 04:48 . 3.El Brujo (Bobby Mcferrin) - 04:11 . 4.I Feel Good (James Brown) - 03:19 . 5.I'M My Own Walkman (Bobby Mcferrin) - 04:02 . 6.Music Box (Bobby Mcferrin) -…

Duke Ellington starts the recording of the album ‘The Popular Duke Ellington’ (1966)

'The Popular Duke Ellington' is a studio album recorded on March 9, 10 & 11, 1966 and released In 1967 by RCATrack Listing : 1.Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn) - 04:40 . 2.I Got It Bad (And That Ain'T Good) (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) - 02:36 . 3.Perdido (Juan Tizol) - 03:14 . 4.Mood Indigo (Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard, Irving Mills) - 05:10 . 5.Black And Tan Fantasy (Duke…

‘John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman’ record together with Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones & McCoy Tyner (1963)

'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman' is a collaboration studio album recorded on March 7, 1963 with Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones and McCoy Tynerr and released the ame year by Impulse!.Track Listing : 1.They Say It'S Wonderful (Irving Berlin) - 05:20 . 2.Dedicated To You (Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, Hy Zaret) - 05:32 . 3.My One And Only Love (Guy Wood, Robert Mellin) - 04:55 . 4.Lush Life (Billy…

Michel Petrucciani records ‘Solo Live’ at  The ‘Alte Oper’ In Frankfurt (1997)

Michel Petrucciani's 'Solo Live' is a piano album recorded on February 27,1997 in Frankfurt and released in 1998 By Dreyfus.Track Listing : 1.Looking Up (Michel Petrucciani) - 04:24 . 2.Besame Mucho (Consuelo Velázquez) – 04:03 . 3.Rachid (Michel Petrucciani) - 02:22 . 4.Chloe Meets Gershwin (Michel Petrucciani) - 04:08 . 5.Home (Michel Petrucciani) - 03:40 . 6.Brazilian Like (Michel Petrucciani)…

Sun Ra & the Arkestra record ‘Sunrise in Different Dimensions’ live in Switzerland (1980)

Sun Ra Arkestra's 'Sunrise in Different Dimensions' is a live album recorded on February 24, 1980 at the Gasthof Morhen in Willisau, Switzerland and released in 1981 by Hathut.Track Listing : 1.Light From A Hidden Sun (Sun Ra) - 03:52 . 2.Pin-Points Of Spiral Prisms (Sun Ra) - 04:41 . 3.Silhouettes Of The Shadow World (Sun Ra) - 07:20 . 4.Cocktails For Two (Sam Coslow, Arthur Johnston) - 03:21 .…

Ella Fitzgerald records with the Duke Ellington Orchestra : ‘The Stockholm Concert, 1966’

Ella Fitzgerald's 'The Stockholm Concert, 1966' is a live album recorded on February 7, 1966 with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and released in 1984 by Pablo.Track Listing : 1.Imagine My Frustration (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Gerald Wilson) - 05:13 . 2.Duke'S Place (Duke Ellington, Bob Katz, Bob Thiele) - 04:43 . 3.Satin Doll (Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn) - 03:08 .…

Duke Ellington records in Europe ‘In the Uncommon Market’ a live album for Pablo (1963)

Duke Ellington's 'In the Uncommon Market' is a live album recorded in Europe on February 6 or 7, & 21, 1963 and July 27, 1966 and released in 1986 by Pablo.Track Listing : 1.Bula (Duke Ellington) - 04:44 . 2.Silk Lace (Duke Ellington) - 05:18 . 3.Asphalt Jungle (Duke Ellington) - 04:05 . 4.Star-Crossed Lovers (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) - 4:19 . 5.In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington,…

Johnny Hodges records with regular members of the Ellington orchestra, ‘Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges’ (1964)

Johnny Hodges' 'Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges' is an album recorded on February 6, 1964 & March 8, 1965 with regular members of the Ellington orchestra and released in 1964 by Impulse!.Track Listing : 1.Everybody Knows (Johnny Hodges) - 07:25 . 2.A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (Billy Strayhorn) - 03:04 . 3.Papa Knows (Johnny Hodges) - 06:52 . 4.310 Blues (Billy Strayhorn) - 04:34 . 5.The Jeep…

Blue Note publish Lena Horne’s last album : ‘Seasons of a Life’ (2006)

Lena Horne's 'Seasons of a Life' is her last album recorded between 1993 and 1997 and released on January 24, 2006 by Blue Note. Track Listing : 1.Black Is (Marissa Dodge) - 05:20 . 2.Maybe (Billy Strayhorn) - 02:42 . 3.I'Ve Got To Have You (Kris Kristofferson) - 04:15 . 4.I'Ll Always Leave The Door A Little Open (Richard Rodney) - 03:45 . 5.You'Re The One (Billy Strayhorn) - 02:54 . 6.Something…

Duke Ellington records ‘The Carnegie Hall Concerts: January 1943’ for Prestige (1943)

Duke Ellington's 'The Carnegie Hall Concerts: January 1943' is a live album recorded on January 23, 1943 at Carnegie Hall In New York City and released in 1977 By Prestige. Track Listing : 1.The Star Spangled Banner (Francis Scott Key, John Stafford Smith) - 01:12 . 2.Black And Tan Fantasy (Duke Ellington, James Bubber Miley) - 06:35 . 3.Rockin' In Rhythm (Harry Carney, Duke Ellington, Irving…

Kurt Elling records ‘Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman,’ a live album for Concord (2009)

'Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman' is a live album that Elling recorded on January 21, 2009 at The Allen Room, Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts in New York City.and released on June 23, 2009 by Concord.Track Listing : 1.All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence) - 06:52 . 2.It'S Easy To Remember (And So Hard To Forget) (Lorenz Hart, Richard…

Ella Fitzgerald records ‘Ella in Japan: ‘S Wonderful’ a live album for Verve (1964)

Ella Fitzgerald's 'Ella in Japan:'s Wonderful' is a live album recorded on January 19 and 22, 1964 at Hibiya Public Hall and Hotel Okura in Tokyo, Japan and released in 2011 by Verve.Track Listing : 1.Cheek To Cheek (Irving Berlin) - 03:47 . 2.Deep Purple (Peter Derose, Mitchell Parish) - 03:59 . 3.Too Close For Comfort (Jerry Bock, Larry Holofcener, George Weiss) - 02:20 . 4.I Love Being Here…

Branford Marsalis records ‘Trio Jeepy’ with Jeff Tain Watts and Milt Hinton (1988)

Branford Marsalis' 'Trio Jeepy' is an album recorded on January 3-4, 1988 with bassist Milt Hinton and released in June 1989 By Sony Music.Track Listing : 1.Housed From Edward (Branford Marsalis) - 09:27 . 2.The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington) - 10:30 . 3.Three Little Words (Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby) - 05:07 . 4.Makin' Whoopee (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) - 00:47 . 5.U.M.M.G.…

Charlie Haden records ‘Quartet West,’ an album for Verve (1986)

Charlie Haden's 'Quartet West' is an album recorded on December 22 and 23, 1986 and released in 1987 by Verve.Track Listing : 1.Hermitage (Pat Metheny) - 07:59 . 2.Body And Soul (Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour) - 06:19 . 3.The Good Life (Ornette Coleman) - 04:39 . 4.In The Moment (Charlie Haden) - 06:06 . 5.Bay City (Charlie Haden) - 06:46 . 6.My Foolish Heart (Ned…

Duke Ellington begins the recording with his orchestra of ‘The Far East Suite’ (1966)

Duke Ellington's 'The Far East Suite' is an album recorded in New-York City, with his orchestra from December 19 till 21, 1966 and released in 1967 By Rca.Track Listing : 1.Tourist Point Of View (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) - 05:09 . 2.Bluebird Of Delhi (Mynah) (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) - 03:18 . 3.Isfahan (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) - 04:02 . 4.Depk (Duke Ellington, Billy…