Piano in the Foreground

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Piano in the Foreground
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1961
Recorded March 1 & 2, 1961
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
Duke Ellington chronology
Piano in the Background
(1960)
Piano in the Foreground
(1961)
The Great Summit
(1961)

Piano in the Foreground is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded and released on the Columbia label in 1961.[1] It features Ellington in a small group setting, emphasising his own piano prowess rather than the big band arrangements more typical of his recordings.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars and stated "This rare trio session by Duke Ellington was the first of several in the early '60s that featured his piano in a variety of settings. It is particularly interesting hearing Ellington, along with three standards and a blues, performing some of his rarer compositions... One wishes that today's revivalists when playing "the Duke Ellington Songbook" would bring back some of his true obscurities such as the ones on this somewhat forgotten session".[2]

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

Track listing[edit]

:All compositions by Duke Ellington except as indicated

  1. "I Can't Get Started" (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) - 4:23
  2. "Cong-Go" (Aaron Bell, Ellington) - 4:16
  3. "Body and Soul" (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green) - 4:49
  4. "Blues for Jerry" - 4:38
  5. "Fontainebleau Forest" - 2:53
  6. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) - 3:52
  7. "It's Bad to Be Forgotten" - 3:22
  8. "A Hundred Dreams Ago" - 2:26
  9. "So" - 4:33
  10. "Searching (Pleading for Love)" - 1:49
  11. "Springtime in Africa" (Bell, Ellington) - 3:46
  12. "Lotus Blossom" (Billy Strayhorn) - 3:18
  13. "All the Things You Are" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 4:00 Bonus track on CD reissue
  14. "All the Things You Are" [alternate take] (Hammerstein, Kern) - 3:51 Bonus track on CD reissue
  15. "Piano Improvisation No. 2" - 3:25 Bonus track on CD reissue
  16. "Piano Improvisation No. 3" - 2:48 Bonus track on CD reissue
  17. "Piano Improvisation No. 4" - 1:53 Bonus track on CD reissue
  18. "Piano Improvisation No. 1" - 9:45 Bonus track on CD reissue
  • Recorded:
at Columbia Records 30th Street Studio on March 20, 1957 (tracks 15-18) (stereo)
at Columbia Records 30th Street Studio on October 10, 1957 (tracks 13-14) (monaural)
at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles on March 1, 1961 (tracks 1-11) & March 2, 1961 (track 12) (stereo)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed May 14, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 14, 2010