Jazz Party

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Jazz Party
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1959
Recorded February 19, 1959, February 25, 1959
Genre Jazz, big band, swing
Length 44:47
Label Columbia
Producer Irving Townsend
Duke Ellington chronology
Duke Ellington at the Alhambra
(1958)Duke Ellington at the Alhambra1958
Jazz Party
Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues
(1959)Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues1959

Jazz Party ia a 1959 album by Duke Ellington which contains a "formidable gallery of jazz stars" guesting, including Dizzy Gillespie and Jimmy Rushing (formerly the vocalist for Count Basie). [1] It was reissued in CD in 1997 on the Mobile Fidelity label.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Described as "an example of the ever-surprising repertoire...characteristic of late Ellington",[4] Jazz Party has been praised particularly for its unique percussion pieces.[5][6] Village Voice reviewer Gary Giddins indicated that the percussion song "Malletoba Spank" "will rattle in your brain until you die".[7] The multi-part "Toot Suite" has been described as intriguing,[4] though underrated, featuring strong statements from Ellington regulars and guests.[5] Dizzy Gillespie's guest solo on "U.M.M.G." (the first studio recording of that piece) attracts much attention as well, and has been labeled both "enterprising" and "inspired".[4][5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Malletoba Spank (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 3:39
  2. "Red Garter (Toot Suite, Pt. I)" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 3:42
  3. "Red Shoes (Toot Suite, Pt. II)" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 3:50
  4. "Red Carpet (Toot Suite, Pt. III)" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 7:42
  5. "Ready, Go! (Toot Suite, Pt. IV)" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 6:35
  6. "U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)" (Strayhorn) – 4:32
  7. "All of Me" (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) – 2:32
  8. "Tymperturbably Blue" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 4:23
  9. "Hello Little Girl" (Ellington) – 7:51





  1. ^ Puccio, John. (November 1998). "Duke Ellington: Jazz Party in Stereo." Sensible Sound.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 69. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ a b c Crouch, Stanley. (January 12, 2005). The late show. Slate. Accessed September 8, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c Dance, Stanley. (November 1998). Duke Ellington: Jazz Party. Jazz Times. Accessed September 8, 2007.
  6. ^ See also All Music review, sidebar.
  7. ^ Giddins, Gary. (1999) The long-playing duke Village Voice. Accessed September 8, 2007.