Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

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Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
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Studio album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
Released February 1963 (1963-02)
Recorded September 26, 1962
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 35:05
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
Duke Ellington chronology
Money Jungle
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
John Coltrane chronology
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Down Beat 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is a jazz album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane recorded on September 26, 1962, and released in February 1963 on Impulse! Records.[4]

It was one of Ellington's many collaborations in the early 1960s with musicians such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus, and placed him with a quartet (in this case, saxophone, piano, bass, and drums), rather than a big band.[5] The quartet was filled out by the bassist and drummer from either of their bands. The album featured Ellington standards (e.g., "In a Sentimental Mood"), new Ellington compositions, and a new Coltrane composition ("Big Nick").[6]

Coltrane said:

I was really honored to have the opportunity of working with Duke. It was a wonderful experience. He has set standards I haven't caught up with yet. I would have liked to have worked over all those numbers again, but then I guess the performances wouldn't have had the same spontaneity. And they mightn't have been any better![7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In a Sentimental Mood" 4:14
2. "Take the Coltrane" Ellington 4:42
3. "Big Nick" John Coltrane 4:30
4. "Stevie" Ellington 4:22
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "My Little Brown Book" Billy Strayhorn 5:20
6. "Angelica" Ellington 6:00
7. "The Feeling of Jazz" 5:34



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Milkowski, Bill (June 2013). "Money Jungle: 50 Years After the Summit" (pdf). Down Beat. p. 34. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 69. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Billboard, February 9, 1963, p. 28.
  5. ^ "Duke Ellington: 'Duke Ellington & John Coltrane'". NPR. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  6. ^ "John Coltrane". WARR. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  7. ^ Excerpt from the CD booklet