Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

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Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1963 (1963-01)[1][2]
RecordedSeptember 26, 1962
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
ProducerBob Thiele
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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[6]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[7]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[5]

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is a jazz album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane released in January 1963 on Impulse! Records.[1][2]

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.[8] 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").[9]

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![10]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."In a Sentimental Mood"4:14
2."Take the Coltrane"Ellington4:42
3."Big Nick"John Coltrane4:30
Side two
1."My Little Brown Book"Billy Strayhorn5:20
3."The Feeling of Jazz"5:34



Chart performance for Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Chart (2022) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 31


  1. ^ a b DeVito, Chris; Fujioka, Yasuhiro; Schmaler, Wolf; Wild, David (2013). Porter, Lewis (ed.). The John Coltrane Reference. New York/Abingdon: Routledge. p. 655. ISBN 9780415634632. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b "13 ABC, 7 Impulse LPs Bow At N.Y. Distrib Meet" (PDF). Cash Box. New York: The Cash Box Publishing Co. January 5, 1963. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ Milkowski, Bill (June 2013). "Money Jungle: 50 Years After the Summit" (pdf). Down Beat. p. 34. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 69. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  7. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 436. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  8. ^ "Duke Ellington: 'Duke Ellington & John Coltrane'". NPR. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  9. ^ "John Coltrane". WARR. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  10. ^ Excerpt from the CD booklet
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – Duke Ellington & John Coltrane" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 18, 2022.