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[1]
Recorded September 26, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 35:05
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Down Beat 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Coltrane played in a more accessible style during this time, on albums such as John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman and Ballads. Despite their differences in background, style, and age – Ellington was 63 and Coltrane 36 when the tracks were recorded – it has been said[by whom?] that the two interacted seamlessly.

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").[7]

Coltrane said:

I was really honoured 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![8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In a Sentimental Mood" – 4:14
      (Duke Ellington)
  2. "Take The Coltrane" – 4:42
  3. "Big Nick" – 4:30
      (John Coltrane)
  4. "Stevie" – 4:22
  5. "My Little Brown Book" – 5:20
      (Billy Strayhorn)
  6. "Angelica" – 6:00
  7. "The Feeling of Jazz" – 5:34
      (Bobby Troup/Ellington/George T. Simon)



  1. ^ Billboard Feb 9, 1963
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ DeMicheal, Don (March 28, 1963). Down Beat: 112.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 69. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  5. ^ Billboard, February 9, 1963, p. 28.
  6. ^ "Duke Ellington: 'Duke Ellington & John Coltrane'". NPR. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  7. ^ "John Coltrane". WARR. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  8. ^ Excerpt from the CD booklet