The Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts January 1943

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.

The Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts January 1943

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Songs On The Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts January 1943

CD 1

Star Spangled Banner – 1:12
Black and Tan Fantasy – 6:35
Rockin In Rhythm – 4:12
Moon Mist – 3:38
Jumpin’ Punkins – 3:24
Portrait Of Bert Williams – 2:56
(Portrait Of) Bojangles – 3:17
Portrait Of Florence Mills (Black Beauty) – 3:40
Koko – 2:23
Dirge – 3:28
Stomp (Johnny Come Lately) – 3:00
Are You Stickin’? – 3:13
Black (First Movement Of Black, Brown And Beige) – 21:53

CD 2

Brown (Second Movement Of Black, Brown And Beige) – 11:49
Beige (Third Movement Of Black, Brown And Beige) – 14:34
Bakiff – 6:36
Jack The Bear – 3:19
Blue Belles Of Harlem – 6:09
Cotton Tail – 3:11
Day Dream – 4:02
Boy Meets Horn – 5:59
Rose of the Rio Grande – 2:33
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – 4:39
Going Up – 3:56
Mood Indigo – 4:38

The recording quality has that “sounds old” feeling but I think that, in some ways, it adds to the atmosphere. The instruments can be heard clearly and I don’t have any issues.

This is an historic landmark in jazz with superb musicianship. If you’re a fan of jazz in general and Duke Ellington in particular, this is a must-have for your collection.

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