Festival Session – Duke Ellington

Album review of "Festival Session" by Duke Ellington, originally released in 1959.

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Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges

Album reviews of "Back to Back" and "Side by Side," two collaborative LPs by Duke Ellington…

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Live at the Blue Note – Duke Ellington

One of Duke Ellington's most famous concerts proves why modern music wouldn't exist without his trailblazing…

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Anatomy of a Murder – Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington's soundtrack to Otto Preminger's 1959 film. Grade: A-

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Duke Ellington – Jazz Party

Did Duke Ellington ever make a bad album? Grade: A-

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Black, Browns and Beige

Duke Ellington's 1958 update of his 1943 concert suite is a complete reimagining. Grade: A-

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Such Sweet Thunder

An instrumental ode to William Shakespeare. Grade: A-

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Ellington at Newport

One of the most famous live albums in jazz history, featuring one of the greatest solos…

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Thelonious Monk continued his hot streak into 1955

Thelonious Monk continued his hot streak into 1955

Reviews of two Thelonious Monk LPs from 1955.

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The Duke Plays Ellington – Duke Ellington

My all-time favorite Duke Ellington LP. Grade: A

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Top 10 Albums of 1952

My picks for the best albums of 1952.

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Ellington Uptown – Duke Ellington

The greatest album by one of jazz's greatest musicians. Grade: A

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