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.

Track listing : 1.Haupe [aka Polly’s Theme] (Duke Ellington) – 03:58 . 2.Flirtibird (Duke Ellington) – 03:01 . 3.Pie Eye’s Blues (Duke Ellington) – 03:16 . 4.Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) – 03:56 . 5.Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool (Shorty Baker, Duke Ellington) – 07:17 . 6.In a Mellow Tone (Duke Ellington, Milt Gabler) – 02:36 . 7.All of Me (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) – 02:31 . 8.Things Ain’t What They Used to Be (Mercer Ellington) – 02:50 . 9.Jeep’s Blues (Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges) – 03:50 . 10.Perdido (Juan Tizol) – 04:32 . 11.Medley: Black and Tan Fantasy/Creole Love Call/The Mooche (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, James Bubber Miley) – 09:19 .

Musicians : Duke Ellington – piano . Cat Anderson – trumpet . Shorty Baker – trumpet . Willie Cook – trumpet . Clark Terry – trumpet . Ray Nance – trumpet, violin . Quentin Jackson – trombone . Britt Woodman – trombone . John Sanders – valve trombone . Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet, tenor saxophone . Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone . Russell Procope – alto saxophone, clarinet . Paul Gonsalves – tenor saxophone . Harry Carney – baritone saxophone . Jimmy Woode – bass on(10) . Sam Woodyard – drums .

Recorded at The Blue Note, Chicago on August 9, 1959 .

Released in 1959 by Roulette.


While this is not as spectacular as the ’56 Newport concert, or indeed many of the other works from this period like Anatomy of a Murder, this is still a fine set. Johnny Hodges is subdued but still the finist altoist that ever lived,… […]

The music ranges from old favorites to some newer material and highlights include Billy Strayhorn sitting in on his “Take the ‘A’ Train,” several selections from the recent Anatomy of a Murder soundtrack, versions of “Drawing Room Blues” and “Tonk” that have both Ellington and Strayhorn on piano, an 11-minute rendition of “Mood Indigo” and quite a few features for altoist Johnny Hodges. […]

Duke Ellington’s ‘Live at the Blue Note’



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