Duke Ellington Big Four

Duke Ellington Quartet - Duke's Big Four (1973) [XRCD Mastering 1997] (REPOST)

Duke Ellington Quartet - Duke's Big Four
EAC+LOG+CUE | WV: 198 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: JVC # JVCXR-0022 | Country/Year: Japan 1997, 1973
Genre: Jazz | Style: Piano, Swing

One of Duke Ellington's finest small group sessions from his final decade was this frequently exciting quartet date with guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson. Ellington's percussive style always sounded modern and he comes up with consistently strong solos on such numbers as "Love You Madly," "The Hawk Talks" and especially "Cotton Tail," easily keeping up with his younger sidemen. Highly recommended.
Norman Granz Presents: Duke Ellington - At The Cote D'Azur & The Last Jam Session (2007)

Norman Granz Presents: Duke Ellington - At The Cote D'Azur & The Last Jam Session (2007)
Video: PAL, MPEG2 Video at 6.170 Kbps, 720 x 576 (1.333) at 25.000 fps | Audio: AC-3 6ch. at 448 Kbps, DTS at 1 510 Kbps, PCM 2ch. at 1 536 Kbps
Genre: Jazz, Swing | Label: Eagle Rock Ent | Copy: Untouched | Runtime: 180 min. | 5,28 + 7,26 Gb (2xDVD-9)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

This two-DVD set includes several rare films featuring Duke Ellington in several different settings. Disc one documents his first appearance in the French Riviera at the Côte d'Azur in July 1966, with the pianist making intermittent commentary via voice-over between some selections. While the leader is stuck with an obviously substandard piano (with a horrid muddy bass range) and an outdoor setup that is not conducive to getting ideal sound, Ellington, being an old pro, does his best to make do with the conditions.
Duke Ellington - Duke's Big 4 (1973) [XRCD Mastering 1997]

Duke Ellington - Duke's Big 4 (1973) [XRCD Mastering 1997]
EAC rip | FLAC + CUE + LOG | Full Scans | 290 Mb (Incl. Recovery)
Genre ~ Piano Jazz | Label ~ JVCXR-0022

One of Duke Ellington's finest small group sessions from his final decade was this frequently exciting quartet date with guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson. Ellington's percussive style always sounded modern and he comes up with consistently strong solos on such numbers as "Love You Madly," "The Hawk Talks" and especially "Cotton Tail," easily keeping up with his younger sidemen. Highly recommended. ~ AllMusic
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - Recording Together For The First Time / The Great Reunion ... (1988) [MFSL, UDCD 514]

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - Recording Together For The First Time / The Great Reunion … (1988)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, UDCD 514 | ~ 367 or 176 Mb | Scans Included
Jazz, Big Band

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were (and are) two of the main stems of jazz. Any way you look at it, just about everything that's ever happened in this music leads directly – or indirectly – back to them. Both men were born on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries, and each became established as a leader during the middle '20s. …

Duke Ellington - Reminiscing In Tempo (1991)  Music

Posted by Designol at Nov. 4, 2016
Duke Ellington - Reminiscing In Tempo (1991)

Duke Ellington - Reminiscing In Tempo (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | Label: Columbia/Legacy | # CK 48654 | Time: 01:16:41

Just the fact that Ellington's extended masterpiece "Reminiscing in Tempo" is included here in its original and continuous form is reason enough to pick up this compilation. Initially recorded in 1935, "Reminiscing" was the first thoroughly composed jazz piece and one that not only demonstrated Ellington's knack for longer forms, but also featured practically all of his singular soloists. Upon its first release, the 13-minute piece was broken up over a few 78s, later making its way into EP form. Currently, the Classics label includes it on one of its Chronological discs, but spread over four distinct tracks. So, this 1991 Columbia release might be the only way to get this great work in its seamless form as it was originally recorded. Collector's concerns aside, this CD was the audio companion to an Ellington documentary aired on PBS. Predictably, it provides something of an overview of Ellington's career, beginning with a recording of "The Mooche" from his Cotton Club days in the late '20s up through a version of "Black Beauty" from 1960.
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Complete Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington Sessions, 1961 (1990)

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Complete Sessions, 1961 (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Swing, Vocal Jazz, Mainstream Jazz | Roulette Jazz/Capitol | # CDP 593844 | 01:08:27

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were (and are) two of the main stems of jazz. Any way you look at it, just about everything that's ever happened in this music leads directly – or indirectly – back to them. Both men were born on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries, and each became established as a leader during the middle '20s. Although their paths had crossed from time to time over the years, nobody in the entertainment industry had ever managed to get Armstrong and Ellington into a recording studio to make an album together. On April 3, 1961, producer Bob Thiele achieved what should be regarded as one of his greatest accomplishments; he organized and supervised a seven-and-a-half-hour session at RCA Victor's Studio One on East 24th Street in Manhattan, using a sextet combining Duke Ellington with Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars. This group included ex-Ellington clarinetist Barney Bigard, ex-Jimmie Lunceford swing-to-bop trombonist Trummy Young, bassist Mort Herbert, and drummer Danny Barcelona. A second session took place during the afternoon of the following day.
Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits (1968) {1997, Reissue}

Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits (1968) {1997, Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 278 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 107 Mb
Scans (PNG, 300 dpi) ~ 71 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Big Band, Swing | Columbia / Legacy #CK 65419

Columbia's Greatest Hits features many of Duke Ellington's best-known songs and biggest hits, including "Satin Doll," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Take the 'A' Train," "Solitude," "Mood Indigo," "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Perdido." It's a fine sampling of Ellington's most familiar melodies and works as a good introduction for novices.

Duke Ellington And Ella Fitzgerald - Live At The Greek (1996)  Music

Posted by popsakov at Oct. 19, 2016
Duke Ellington And Ella Fitzgerald - Live At The Greek (1996)

Duke Ellington And Ella Fitzgerald - Live At The Greek (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 390 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 177 Mb
Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 64 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Big Band, Swing, Vocal | Status #DSTS 1013

This 1966 concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles features sets by Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, with the source evidently being a soundboard tape. His star soloists consistently shine, especially tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves in the flag-waver "Soul Call" and the ballad "In a Sentimental Mood" (the latter usually a feature for Johnny Hodges). Cootie Williams' brash trumpet is showcased in "Take the 'A' Train," while high-note specialist Cat Anderson squeals in his "Prowling Cat." The drums are a bit too prominent in the mix, the sound is a bit muddy in places, and the microphone does not always pick up the leader's spoken…

Duke Ellington - Black Beauty (2005)  Music

Posted by popsakov at Sept. 25, 2016
Duke Ellington - Black Beauty (2005)

Duke Ellington - Black Beauty (2005)
2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 665 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 376 Mb
Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 31 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Big Band, Swing | Le Chant Du Monde #274 1349.50

Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years. The two aspects of his career were related; Ellington used his band as a musical laboratory for his new compositions and shaped his writing specifically to showcase the talents of his bandmembers, many of whom remained with him for long periods. Ellington also wrote film scores and stage musicals, and several of his instrumental works were adapted into songs that became standards.
Duke Ellington - The Great London Concerts (1993) {1999 Jazz Heritage Society CD}

Duke Ellington - The Great London Concerts (1993) {1999 Jazz Heritage Society CD}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 366 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 151 mb
Genre: jazz, big band

The Great London Concerts is the 1993 album by Duke Ellington. It consists of previously unreleased recordings of Ellington and his band in London, England in 1963 and 1964.