Jazz Party

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For the 1958 WNTA-TV series, see Jazz Party (TV series).
Jazz Party
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1959
Recorded February 19, 1959, February 25, 1959
Genre Jazz, big band, swing
Length 44:47
Label Columbia
Producer Irving Townsend
Duke Ellington chronology
Duke Ellington at the Alhambra
(1958)
Jazz Party
(1959)
Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues
(1959)

Jazz Party ia a 1959 album by Duke Ellington which contains a "formidable gallery of jazz stars" guesting, including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Rushing (formerly the vocalist for Count Basie), Johnny Hodges, and Paul Gonsalves.[1] It was reissued in CD in 1997 on the Mobile Fidelity label.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Described as "an example of the ever-surprising repertoire...characteristic of late Ellington",[3] Jazz Party has been praised particularly for its unique percussion pieces.[4][5] Village Voice reviewer Gary Giddins indicated that the percussion song "Malletoba Spank" "will rattle in your brain until you die".[6] The multi-part "Toot Suite" has been described as intriguing,[3] though underrated, featuring strong statements from Ellington regulars and guests.[4] Dizzy Gillespie's guest solo on "U.M.M.G." (the first studio recording of that piece) attracts much attention as well, and has been labeled both "enterprising" and "inspired".[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Malletoba Spank (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 3:39
  2. "Red Garter (Toot Suite, Pt. I)" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 3:42
  3. "Red Shoes (Toot Suite, Pt. II)" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 3:50
  4. "Red Carpet (Toot Suite, Pt. III)" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 7:42
  5. "Ready, Go! (Toot Suite, Pt. IV)" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 6:35
  6. "U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)" (Strayhorn) – 4:32
  7. "All of Me" (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) – 2:32
  8. "Tymperturbably Blue" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 4:23
  9. "Hello Little Girl" (Ellington) – 7:51

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Puccio, John. (November 1998). "Duke Ellington: Jazz Party in Stereo." Sensible Sound.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ a b c Crouch, Stanley. (January 12, 2005). The late show. Slate. Accessed September 8, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c Dance, Stanley. (November 1998). Duke Ellington: Jazz Party. Jazz Times. Accessed September 8, 2007.
  5. ^ See also All Music review, sidebar.
  6. ^ Giddins, Gary. (1999) The long-playing duke Village Voice. Accessed September 8, 2007.