Black, Brown and Beige (1958 album)

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Black, Brown and Beige
Black, Brown, and Beige.jpg
Studio album by
Released1958
RecordedFebruary 4–5 & 11-12, 1958
GenreSwing
Big band music
Length72:48
LabelColumbia
ProducerIrving Townsend
Duke Ellington chronology
Live at the 1957 Stratford Festival
(1957)
Black, Brown and Beige
(1958)
Newport Jazz Festival (1958)
(1958)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Down Beat5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[2]

Black, Brown and Beige is a 1958 jazz album by Duke Ellington and his orchestra, featuring Mahalia Jackson.

The album is a recording of a revised version of Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige suite. After a disappointing critical response to its first performance in 1943, Ellington divided the three-part suite into six shorter sections, leaving in "Come Sunday" and "Work Song", and it is this version that is recorded here.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Duke Ellington

  1. "Part I" – 8:17
  2. "Part II" – 6:14
  3. "Part III" (a.k.a. Light) – 6:26
  4. "Part IV" (a.k.a. Come Sunday) – 7:58
  5. "Part V" (a.k.a. Come Sunday) – 3:46
  6. "Part VI" (23rd Psalm) – 3:01
    Bonus tracks on re-releases
  7. "Track 360" (a.k.a. Trains) (alternative take) - 2:02
  8. "Blues in Orbit" (a.k.a. Tender) (alternative take) - 2:36
  9. "Part I" (alternative take) – 6:49
  10. "Part II" (alternative take) – 6:38
  11. "Part III" (alternative take) – 3:08
  12. "Part IV" (alternative take) – 2:23
  13. "Part V" (alternative take) – 5:51
  14. "Part VI" (alternative take) – 1:59
  15. "Studio conversation" (Mahalia Swears) – 0:07
  16. "Come Sunday" (a cappella) – 5:47
  17. "(Pause track)" – 0:06

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Down Beat: September 18, 1958 Vol. 25, No. 19
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 69. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.