The Duke Plays Ellington

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The Duke Plays Ellington
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1953
Recorded April 13 & 14, and December 3, 1953
Genre Jazz
Label Capitol
Duke Ellington chronology
Premiered by Ellington
(1953)
The Duke Plays Ellington
(1953)
Ellington ‘55
(1953-4)
Piano Reflections Cover

The Duke Plays Ellington is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington featuring trio sessions recorded for the Capitol label in 1953.[1] The album was rereleased with additional tracks on CD as Piano Reflections in 1989

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "Ellington sounds modern (especially rhythmically and in his chord voicings) and shows that he could have made a viable career out of just being a pianist".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

:All compositions by Duke Ellington except as indicated

  1. "Who Knows?" - 2:37
  2. "Retrospection" - 3:58
  3. "B Sharp Blues" - 2:47
  4. "Passion Flower" (Billy Strayhorn) - 3:05
  5. "Dancers in Love" - 1:56
  6. "Reflections in D" - 3:35
  7. "Melancholia" - 3:20
  8. "Prelude to a Kiss" (Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills) - 3:04
  9. "In a Sentimental Mood" (Ellington, Mills, Manny Kurtz) - 2:30
  10. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" (Mercer Ellington) - 2:56
  11. "All Too Soon" (Ellington, Carl Sigman) - 3:08
  12. "Janet" - 2:15
  13. "Kinda Dukish" - 2:32 Bonus track on CD reissue
  14. "Montevideo" - 2:33 Bonus track on CD reissue
  15. "December Blue" - 2:40 Bonus track on CD reissue
  16. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" - 10:17 Bonus track on CD reissue
  • Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles on April 13 (tracks 1-8), April 14 (tracks 9-12), and December 3 (tracks 13-5), 1953.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed May 21, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 21, 2010