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.

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.
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 - Recollections Of The Big Band Era (1963/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Duke Ellington - Recollections Of The Big Band Era (1963/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 35:21 minutes | 1,35 GB
Official Digital Download - Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover

Featuring familiar titles such as: "Ciribiribin," and "Auld Lang Syne", this one-of-a-kind set is beautifully remastered and presented in pristine HD quality. This tribute to the big pop-orchestra bands of Ellington's heyday stands on its own.
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - Concert In The Virgin Islands (1965/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - Concert In The Virgin Islands (1965/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 37:22 minutes | 1,46 GB
Official Digital Download - Source: | Front cover

This lush, Caribbean-themed collection created a new standard for big band music. The recording includes four original compositions representing the “Virgin Island Suite” and new readings of classics from Ellington’s extensive repertoire. The pieces on this set are as impressive as the stellar line up of musicians including Cat Anderson, Jimmy Hamilton, Billy Strayhorn, among others. The inspired performances and textured nuances are captured with the highest fidelity.
Duke Ellington & Count Basie – First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1961)(CBS)

Duke Ellington & Count Basie – First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1961)(CBS)
1961 | Genre: Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers(400Dpi) | 243Mb+17Mb

The two greatest big bands in jazz history side by side on your headphones: What can be more glorious? If, as Billy Strayhorn said, Duke Ellington's band was his instrument, then this 1961 session finds Ellington and Count Basie "trading fours" as it were. The composer credits and solo space are divided democratically, four songs from Duke's camp, four from Basie's. The sparring between soloists of both bands is a pure delight, especially the gentle conversations between the two leaders-pianists, who finish each other's thoughts as if all four hands were attached to one unified torso. Highlights include two engaging new Duke compositions, the blistering opener "Battle Royal" and the impulsive "Wild Man" and the closing Basie chestnut "Jumpin' at the Woodside," on which the lead tenors Frank Foster and Paul Gonsalves engage in ferocious dueling. Amazingly, there is no toe-stepping amid the rousing interplay.
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 And His Orchestra - Duke Ellington and His Orchestra Live in Cologne 1969 (2016)

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Duke Ellington and His Orchestra Live in Cologne 1969 (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 01:08:58 | 160 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Jazzline

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra in Cologne. For the first time released featuring the soloists Cat Anderson, Cootie Williams, Lawrence Brown, Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonsalves to name a few. Including the Ellington Hits Take The A-Train, Caravan, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady and many more.
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 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…