The Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts January 1943 is a live album by Duke Ellington and his orchestra.
It was recorded in New York City on January 23, 1943 and was eventually released in 1977.
One of the most famous bands that Ellington put together was the Blanton Webster version in the early 1940s. Sadly innovative bassist Jimmy Blanton died in July 1942 but Ben Webster was still with the orchestra when this was recorded.
The album is notable for having the only complete version of the Black, Brown and Beige suite composed by Ellington. Unfortunately it wasn’t well received by the critics who felt that it was too pretentious for a jazz band leader and this response affected Ellington.
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