My People (Duke Ellington album)

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My People
My People (Duke Ellington album).jpg
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1963
Recorded August 20, 21 & 27, 1963
Genre Jazz
Length 42:16
Label Flying Dutchman
Duke Ellington chronology
Studio Sessions New York 1963
(1963)Studio Sessions New York 19631963
My People
Ellington '65
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My People is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington written and recorded in 1963 for a stage show and originally released on Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman label and later released on CD on the Red Baron label.[1] The album features recordings of compositions by Ellington for a stage show presented in Chicago as part of the Century of Negro Progress Exposition in 1963.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars and stated: "Ellington created music whose message of racial harmony remains timeless. Due to the high quality of the "Black, Brown and Beige" suite and the shorter originals, this interesting set is more enloyable than one might expect".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Duke Ellington
  1. "Ain't But the One/Will You Be There?/99%" - 5:16
  2. "Come Sunday/David Danced Before the Lord" - 6:09
  3. "My Mother, My Father (Heritage)" - 2:50
  4. "Montage" - 6:54
  5. "My People/The Blues" - 8:56
  6. "Workin' Blues/My Man Sends Me/Jail Blues/Lovin' Lover" - 5:57
  7. "King Fit the Battle of Alabam'" - 3:25
  8. "What Color Is Virtue?" - 2:49
  • Recorded at Universal Studios, Chicago on August 20 (tracks 1a, 2, 4, 5b, 6a, 6c & 7), August 21 (tracks 1b, 1c, 3, 5a & 8) and August 27 (tracks 6b & 6d), 1963.



  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama, accessed May 28, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed May 10, 2010.