The Cosmic Scene

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The Cosmic Scene
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Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1958
Recorded April 2 & 3, 1958
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
Duke Ellington chronology
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The Cosmic Scene is a 1958 album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington. Featuring a nonet rather than his usual big band, the album was credited as "Duke Ellington's Spacemen" and was recorded by released on the Columbia label.[1] It was reissued by Mosaic Records in 2007.


The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Perhaps in many ways a neglected recording in the vast annals of Ellingtonia, fans will certainly welcome this long out of print re-addition to the master's CD discography. It comes highly recommended".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

:All compositions by Duke Ellington except as indicated

  1. "Avalon" (Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson, Vincent Rose) - 3:22
  2. "Body and Soul" (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green) - 4:57
  3. "Bass-Ment" - 3:03
  4. "Early Autumn" (Ralph Burns, Woody Herman) - 3:10
  5. "Jones" (Ellington, Clark Terry) - 2:55
  6. "Perdido" (Juan Tizol) - 2:49
  7. "St. Louis Blues" (W. C. Handy) - 5:06
  8. "Spacemen" - 2:32
  9. "Midnight Sun" (Sonny Burke, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Mercer) - 3:38
  10. "Take the "A" Train" (Billy Strayhorn) - 4:59
  11. "Body and Soul" [alternate take] (Heyman, Sour, Eyton, green) - 4:46 Bonus track on CD reissue
  12. "Jones" [alternate take] (Ellington, Terry) - 2:35 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed May 17, 2010
  2. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed May 17, 2010