Black, Brown and Beige (album)

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Black, Brown and Beige
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1958
Recorded February 4-5 & 11-12, 1958
Genre Swing
Big band music
Length 72:48
Label Columbia
Producer Irving Townsend
Duke Ellington chronology
Live at the 1957 Stratford Festival
(1957)
Black, Brown, and Beige
(1958)
Newport Jazz Festival (1958)
(1958)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Black, Brown and Beige is a 1958 jazz album by Duke Ellington and his orchestra, featuring Mahalia Jackson.

The album is a recording of a revised version of Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige suite. After a disappointing critical response to its first performance in 1943, Ellington divided the three-part suite into six shorter sections, leaving in "Come Sunday" and "Work Song", and it is this version that is recorded here.

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Duke Ellington

  1. "Part I" – 8:17
  2. "Part II" – 6:14
  3. "Part III" (aka Light) – 6:26
  4. "Part IV" (aka Come Sunday) – 7:58
  5. "Part V" (aka Come Sunday) – 3:46
  6. "Part VI" (23rd Psalm) – 3:01
    Bonus tracks on re-releases
  7. "Track 360" (aka Trains) (alternative take) - 2:02
  8. "Blues in Orbit" (aka Tender) (alternative take) - 2:36
  9. "Part I" (alternative take) – 6:49
  10. "Part II" (alternative take) – 6:38
  11. "Part III" (alternative take) – 3:08
  12. "Part IV" (alternative take) – 2:23
  13. "Part V" (alternative take) – 5:51
  14. "Part VI" (alternative take) – 1:59
  15. "Studio conversation" (Mahalia Swears) – 0:07
  16. "Come Sunday" (a cappella) – 5:47
  17. "(Pause track)" – 0:06