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.
Average Amazon Customer Rating – %%AVERAGERATING%% Stars
Songs On The Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts January 1943
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
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.
What Other People Say
Buying The Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts January 1943
These links will help you get to the albums quickly and easily but I recommend that you still search for the best deal.
What Do You Think?
Is this a great live album?
Do you think it is one of the best live albums by Duke Ellington and his orchestra?
The Best Live Albums Of All Time
Please vote in my poll to find the best live jazz albums. While you may not have heard all of them, I see a vote as a recommendation to other readers.
You can see the complete list of readers polls at Live Album Polls