Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
|Duke Ellington & John Coltrane|
|Studio album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane|
|Recorded||September 26, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
|Duke Ellington chronology|
|John Coltrane chronology|
For Ellington, it was one of many collaborations with fellow jazz-greats in the early 1960s, including Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus, and placed him in a jazz quartet setting (in this case, saxophone, piano, bass, and drums), rather than his usual one in a big band.
For Coltrane, it was an opportunity to work with one of jazz's all-time greats. It was one of several albums he recorded in the early 1960s in a more conservative and accessible style, including John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman and Ballads. Despite their differences in background, style, and age – Ellington was 63 and Coltrane 36 when the tracks were recorded – it has been said[by whom?] that the two interacted seamlessly and subtly, neither one outshining the other.
The quartet was filled out by the bassist and drummer from either of their bands. The album featured Ellington standards (e.g., "In a Sentimental Mood"), new Ellington compositions, and a new Coltrane composition ("Big Nick").
I was really honoured to have the opportunity of working with Duke. It was a wonderful experience. He has set standards I haven't caught up with yet. I would have liked to have worked over all those numbers again, but then I guess the performances wouldn't have had the same spontaneity. And they mightn't have been any better!
- "In a Sentimental Mood" – 4:14
- "Take The Coltrane" – 4:42
- "Big Nick" – 4:30
- "Stevie" – 4:22
- "My Little Brown Book" – 5:20
- "Angelica" – 6:00
- "The Feeling of Jazz" – 5:34
(Bobby Troup/Duke Ellington/George T. Simon)
- Duke Ellington - piano
- John Coltrane - tenor saxophone, except on "Big Nick", where he plays soprano saxophone
- Jimmy Garrison - bass (tracks 2,3,6)
- Aaron Bell - bass (tracks 1,4,5,7)
- Elvin Jones - drums (tracks 1-3, 6)
- Sam Woodyard - drums (tracks 4,5,7)
- Allmusic review
- DeMicheal, Don (March 28, 1963). Down Beat: 112.
- Billboard, February 9, 1963, p. 28.
- "Duke Ellington: 'Duke Ellington & John Coltrane'". NPR. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- "John Coltrane". WARR. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- Excerpt from the CD booklet