Duke Ellington - The 1954 Los Angeles Concert (1988) {GNP Crescendo}

Duke Ellington - The 1954 Los Angeles Concert (1988) {GNP Crescendo}
EAC 1.3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3u | Full Scans 300dpi | 200MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 135MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Big Band, Swing

This album has an excellent performance by the Duke Ellington Orchestra at a time when its commercial fortunes were near the bottom. The struggles however are not reflected in the music, which is full of enthusiasm and creative invention with trumpeter Clark Terry, tenorman Paul Gonsalves and trombonist Britt Woodman (on "Theme for Trambean") standing out among the many stars during a well-paced program.
Duke Ellington - Blues In Orbit (1960/2016) [DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC]

Duke Ellington - Blues In Orbit (1960/2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 36:27 minutes | 1,03 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 36:27 minutes | 764 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Blues In Orbit captures the essence of a late-night recording date that was as much a loose jam as a formal studio date, balancing the spontaneity of the former and the technical polish of the latter. If you're just getting into jazz, this album is highly recommended as a great way to initiate your collection.

Billy Strayhorn - Lush Life (1992)  Music

Posted by Designol at Oct. 17, 2016
Billy Strayhorn - Lush Life (1992)

Billy Strayhorn - Lush Life (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 346 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Bop, Cool, Swing, Piano Jazz | Label: Red Baron | # AK 52760 | Time: 01:09:23

Although not initially released until 1992, 25 years after composer Billy Strayhorn's death, this is his definitive CD. Strayhorn is heard singing "Lush Life" while backed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1964 (his voice is not strong but his phrasing is quite sincere), jamming on piano with flügelhornist Clark Terry and Bob Wilbur (on clarinet and soprano) in a quintet, backing singer Ozzie Bailey, and taking a pair of piano solos ("Love Came" and "Baby Clementine"). These are very valuable and intriguing recordings, shedding some new light on a nearly invisible genius.
Duke Ellington - Masterpieces By Ellington (1951) (2004 Legacy Edition)

Duke Ellington - Masterpieces By Ellington (1951) (2004 Legacy Edition)
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 193 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 134 mb
Genre: jazz

Masterpieces By Ellington is the 1951 album by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra. This is taken from the 2004 Legacy Edition released on 17 February, 2004.
Duke Ellington - Blues In Orbit (1960) [MFSL 1999] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Duke Ellington - Blues In Orbit (1960) [MFSL 1999]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:02 minutes | Scans included | 1,1 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 933 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDCD 757
Duke Ellington - Blues In Orbit (1960) [1999, MFSL UDCD 757]

Duke Ellington - Blues In Orbit (1960) [1999, MFSL UDCD 757]
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | 233 MB | Complete Scans, 400 dpi JPEG | 33 MB
MP3 CBR @320 kbps (LAME 3.99) | Joint Stereo | 86 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | UDCD 757 | Jazz | RAR 3% Recovery

Blues in Orbit is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded for the Columbia label in 1959 and released in 1960.
Duke Ellington - And His Mother Called Him Bill (1987) (Remastered 2002)

Duke Ellington - And His Mother Called Him Bill (1987) (Remastered 2002)
Jazz | EAC rip | FLAC + CUE + LOG | Full Scans | 420 Mb
Label ~ RCA

When Billy Strayhorn died of cancer in 1967, Duke Ellington was devastated. His closest friend and arranger had left his life full of music and memories. As a tribute, Ellington and his orchestra almost immediately began recording a tribute to Strayhorn, using the late arranger's own compositions and charts. The album features well-known and previously unrecorded Strayhorn tunes that showcased his range, versatility, and, above all, the quality that Ellington admired him most for: his sensitivity to all of the timbral, tonal, and color possibilities an orchestra could bring to a piece of music. ~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
Duke Ellington - Blues In Orbit [MFSL UDCD 757 SACD] 24-bit/96kHz from SACD

Duke Ellington - Blues in Orbit
SACD analogue rip in 24-bit/96kHz | FLAC | no cue or log | Artwork
~830 mb | 9 RAR's | RS | Jazz, Blues | 1958

"Blues in Orbit" seems to get overlooked when Ellington's best albums are discussed, but it is a real keeper. There are 11 tracks, none of them is longer than 4:50 and it is all good stuff. There are some familiar favorites like "In a Mellotone" and "C Jam Blues" as well as less often heard gems like "Blues in Blueprint and "Sweet and Pungent".

The featured performers include Ellington stalwarts Johnny Hodges, Ray Nance, Harry Carney and Jimmy Hamilton, as well as the less familiar Booty Wood and Matthew Gee. Johnny, in particular is well showcased here, taking the lead in the rousing, "Smada", which is probably my favorite track. Ray shines on his trumpet, but also gets to play the violin on "C Jam Blues". [customer review on a music store website]

Blues in Orbit was the only SACD released by the original Mobile Fidelity company just before they went under.
The SACD high-res quality reveals a lively sound picture, and it's excellent remastering blows away all CD versions.
Various Artists - From Ragtime To Swing (1898-1952) - La Grande Histoire Du Jazz Vol. 1 (2010) {Box 25CD - 25 of 100}

Various Artists - From Ragtime To Swing (1898-1952) - La Grande Histoire Du Jazz Vol. 1 (2010) {Box 25CD - 25 of 100}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 8.91 Gb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 795 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2010 Le Chant du Monde | 574 1900.24
Jazz / Ragtime / Swing

Each box contains 25 slipcase CDs, a booklet (up to 186 pages) and an index. The booklets contain extensive notes (Eng/Fr) with recording dates and line-ups. 31 hours of music in each box, totalling 1677 tracks Each track has been restored and mastered from original sources. The only reason I can think of for there not yet being a review of these four boxed sets, is that those who own them are just too busy having one hell of a blast listening to them. Some people moan about the 50 year copyright law for audio recordings in Europe, but without it this highly entertaining, eye-opening and educational undertaking could never have taken place. These 100 discs (spread over four boxed sets of 25 discs) tell the story of jazz from 1898 to 1959.

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.