Album reviews of “Back to Back” and “Side by Side,” two collaborative LPs by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges. Continue reading Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges
One of Duke Ellington’s most famous concerts proves why modern music wouldn’t exist without his trailblazing innovations. Continue reading Live at the Blue Note – Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington’s soundtrack to Otto Preminger’s 1959 film.
Grade: A- Continue reading Anatomy of a Murder – Duke Ellington
Did Duke Ellington ever make a bad album?
Grade: A- Continue reading Duke Ellington – Jazz Party
Duke Ellington’s 1958 update of his 1943 concert suite is a complete reimagining.
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An instrumental ode to William Shakespeare.
Grade: A- Continue reading Such Sweet Thunder
One of the most famous live albums in jazz history, featuring one of the greatest solos of all time.
Grade: A Continue reading Ellington at Newport
Reviews of two Thelonious Monk LPs from 1955. Continue reading Thelonious Monk continued his hot streak into 1955
My all-time favorite Duke Ellington LP.
Grade: A Continue reading The Duke Plays Ellington – Duke Ellington
My picks for the best albums of 1952. Continue reading Top 10 Albums of 1952
The greatest album by one of jazz’s greatest musicians.
Grade: A Continue reading Ellington Uptown – Duke Ellington
The 10 best albums of 1951 Continue reading Top 10 Albums of 1951