New Orleans Suite

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New Orleans Suite
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1970
Recorded April 27 & May 13, 1970
Genre Jazz
Label Atlantic
Duke Ellington chronology
The Pianist
(1966-70)
New Orleans Suite
(1970)
Orchestral Works
(1970)

New Orleans Suite is the eighth studio album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded and released on the Atlantic label in 1970.[1] The album features the final recordings of Johnny Hodges, who died between recording sessions.[2] The album won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band in 1971.[3]

The suite was commissioned by George Wein for the 1970 New Orleans Jazz Festival.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars[5]

In his review for Sounds, Jack Hutton remarked that "a Creole influence permeates the work, a lazy Delta feel laden with nostalgic sadness which is a probably a[sic] truer reflection of the historic city than the good-time trad which has helped to popularise it." He praised the solos of Norris Turney, criticized those of Cootie Williams, and concluded that "This suite, while it doesn't rank with Ellington's greatest works, proves that the piano player is still vitally creative well into his seventies."[2]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars and states "Interesting if not essential music with a few memorable themes being the main reason to acquire this release".[4] The Penguin Guide to Jazz includes the album as part of its suggested "Core Collection," and awards it a four-star rating.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Duke Ellington
  1. "Blues for New Orleans" - 7:40
  2. "Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies" - 4:00
  3. "Portrait of Louis Armstrong" - 3:02
  4. "Thanks for the Beautiful Land on the Delta" - 3:38
  5. "Portrait of Wellman Braud" - 4:05
  6. "Second Line" - 6:00
  7. "Portrait of Sidney Bechet" - 3:55
  8. "Aristocracy a la Jean Lafitte" - 3:57
  9. "Portrait of Mahalia Jackson" - 4:53
  • Recorded at National Recording Studio in New York, NY on April 27 (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 & 8) and May 13 (tracks 3, 5, 7 & 9), 1970.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed April 13, 2010
  2. ^ a b c Hutton, Jack (28 August 1971). "Jazz Albums". Sounds (Spotlight Publications). p. 10. 
  3. ^ Grammy Awards Database
  4. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed April 13, 2010
  5. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 439. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.