The Ellington Suites

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The Ellington Suites
The Ellington Suites.jpg
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1976
Recorded February 25, 1959, April 1, 1959, April 14, 1959, April 27, 1971 & October 5, 1972
Genre Jazz
Label Pablo
Producer Norman Granz
Duke Ellington chronology
Live at the Whitney
(1972)Live at the Whitney1972
The Ellington Suites
(1959–1972)
This One's for Blanton!
(1972)This One's for Blanton!1972

The Ellington Suites is an album by American pianist, composer, and bandleader Duke Ellington which collects three suites recorded in 1959, 1971, and 1972 released on the Pablo label in 1976.[1] The album won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band in 1976.[2] Ellington wrote "The Queen's Suite" for Queen Elizabeth II who was presented with a single pressing of the recording, which was not commercially issued during Ellington's lifetime.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars and states "Although there are some good moments from Ellington's orchestras of 1959 and 1971-72, few of the themes (outside of "The Single Petal of a Rose" from "The Queen's Suite") are all that memorable. But even lesser Ellington is of great interest and veteran collectors may want to pick this up".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Duke Ellington except where noted.

  1. "The Queen's Suite: Sunset and the Mocking Bird" (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) - 3:50
  2. "The Queen's Suite: Lightning Bugs and Frogs" - 2:52
  3. "The Queen's Suite: Le Sucrier Velours" - 2:46
  4. "The Queen's Suite: Northern Lights" (Strayhorn) - 3:37
  5. "The Queen's Suite: The Single Petal of a Rose" - 4:08
  6. "The Queen's Suite: Apes and Peacocks" - 3:05
  7. "The Goutelas Suite: Fanfare" - 0:31
  8. "The Goutelas Suite: Goutelas" - 1:12
  9. "The Goutelas Suite: Get-With-Itness" - 1:55
  10. "The Goutelas Suite: Something" - 5:22
  11. "The Goutelas Suite: Having at It" - 3:35
  12. "The Goutelas Suite: Fanfare" - 0:34
  13. "The Uwis Suite: Uwis" - 7:51
  14. "The Uwis Suite: Klop" - 2:00
  15. "The Uwis Suite: Loco Madi" - 5:52
  • Recorded February 25, 1959 (#2-4), April 1, 1959 (#1 and 6), April 14, 1959 (#5), April 27, 1971 (#7-12) & October 5, 1972 (#13-15)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama, accessed April 12, 2010
  2. ^ Grammy Awards Database
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed April 12, 2010
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 69. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.