Essence of Ellington

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Essence of Ellington
Essence of Ellington.jpg
Live album by William Parker Orchestra
Released September 11, 2012
Recorded February 5, 2012 at the Teatro Manzoni in Milano, Italy
Genre Jazz
Length 132:39
Label Centering
Producer William Parker
William Parker chronology
The Gowanus Session
(2012)The Gowanus Session2012
Essence of Ellington
Wood Flute Songs
(2012)Wood Flute Songs2012

Essence of Ellington (subtitled Live in Milano) is a double live album by bassist and composer William Parker's Orchestra, which was recorded in Italy in 2012 and released on the Centering label.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]

AllMusic awarded the album 4 stars.[3] The All About Jazz review noted "Parker has delivered a unique take on the Ellington repertoire which pulls of the trick of being both stridently modern and affectionately reverent".[4] JazzTimes noted "You know that an orchestra organized by William Parker to pay tribute to Duke Ellington is going to result in something sprawling and stupendous, and Essence of Ellington doesn’t disappoint".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by William Parker except as indicated

Disc One:

  1. Introduction by William Parker - 3:12
  2. "Portrait of Louisiana" - 20:15
  3. "Essence of Sophisticated Lady / Sophisticated Lady" (Parker / Duke Ellington) - 26:38
  4. "Take the Coltrane" (Ellington) - 21:09

Disc Two:

  1. "In a Sentimental Mood" (Ellington) - 7:28
  2. "Take the "A" Train / Ebony Interlude" (Billy Strayhorn / Parker) - 16:35
  3. "Caravan" (Juan Tizol) - 23:16
  4. "The Essence of Ellington" - 14:13



  1. ^ Lopez, R., William Parker discography, accessed June 6, 2014
  2. ^ AUM Fidelity catalog, accessed June 6, 2014
  3. ^ a b Allmusic listing, accessed June 6, 2014
  4. ^ Sharpe, J., All About Jazz Review, October 22, 2012
  5. ^ Robson, B., JazzTimes Review, December 2012