Duke Ellington at the Bal Masque

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Duke Ellington at the Bal Masque
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1958
Recorded March 20, 24, 26, 31 & April 1, 1958
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
Duke Ellington chronology
Dance Dates, California 1958
(1958)
Duke Ellington at the Bal Masque
(1958)
The Cosmic Scene
(1958)

Duke Ellington at the Bal Masque is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded in 1958 and released on the Columbia label.[1]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 2½ stars and stated "the music works quite well for Ellington and his all-star orchestra manage to transform what could be a set of tired revival swing into superior dance music and swinging jazz. While certainly not the most essential Ellington record, At the Bal Masque is a surprise success".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Alice Blue Gown" (Joseph McCarthy, Harry Tierney) - 3:02
  2. "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" (Frank Churchill, Ann Ronell) - 2:53
  3. "Got a Date with an Angel" (Clifford Grey, Sonnie Miller, Joseph Turnbridge, Jack Waller) - 2:25
  4. "Poor Butterfly" (John Golden, Raymond Hubbell) - 3:40
  5. "Satan Takes a Holiday" (Larry Clinton) - 3:15
  6. "The Peanut Vendor" (Wolfe Gilbert, Moisés Simóns, Marion Sunshine) - 3:33
  7. "Satin Doll" (Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer) - 3:48
  8. "Lady in Red" (Mort Dixon, Allie Wrubel) - 2:49
  9. "Indian Love Call" (Rudolf Friml, Herbert Stothart, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach) - 3:36
  10. "The Donkey Serenade" (Friml, Stothart, George Forrest, Robert Wright) - 2:14
  11. "Gypsy Love Song" (Victor Herbert, Harry B. Smith) - 3:54
  12. "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" (Ted Fio Rito, Samuel Lewis, Joseph Young) - 3:02
    • Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York on March 20 (tracks 3, 5 & 12), March 24 (tracks 4 & 6), March 26 (track 9), March 31 (tracks 1, 7, 8 & 10) and April 1 (tracks 2 & 11), 1958.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed May 17, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 10, 2010