Duke Ellington Live at the Blue Note 1959

Live at the Blue Note is a live album by Duke Ellington.

Ellington and band performed live at the Blue Note club in Chicago with three sets (6pm, 10pm and Midnight) on August 9, 1959.

As bebop and hard bop had taken attention away from swing and more traditional jazz, Ellington’s popularity had faded until it was reinvigorated by his 1956 Newport performance. This builds on that and shows that he had plenty to offer.

Duke Ellington Live at the Blue Note

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Songs On Duke Ellington Live at the Blue Note

CD 1

Take The ‘A’ Train – 3:17
Newport Up – 4:40
Haupe (Polly’s Theme) – 3:58
Flirtibird – 3:01
Pie Eye’s Blues – 3:16
Almost Cried – 3:20
Duael Fuel (Dual Filter) – 11:37
Sophisticated Lady – 3:56
Mr Gentle And Mr Cool – 7:17
El Gato – 4:13
C Jam Blues – 4:52
Tenderly – 5:30
Honeysuckle Rose – 4:20
Drawing Room Blues – 6:05
Tonk – 1:57

CD 2

In A Mellow Tone – 2:36
All Of Me – 2:31
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be – 2:50
Jeeps Blues – 3:50
Mood Indigo – 11:02
Perdido – 4:32
Satin Doll – 4:48
A Disarming Visit – 2:56
Newport Up – 5:03
Black And Tan Fantasy/Creole Love Call/The Mooche – 9:19
Passion Flower – 5:13
On The Sunny Side Of The Street – 4:29
El Gato – 4:18

At Newport may get all the praise but I think it’s terrific to hear the Duke and his band perform live in a small concert.The audience is very appreciative.

The sound is good but the mix is percussion and horn heavy which means that the piano is low in the mix.

I firmly believe that the best live albums leave you wishing that you’d been there that night. I wish I’d been there.

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