The Suites, New York 1968 & 1970

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The Suites, New York 1968 & 1970
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Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1987
Recorded November 6, 1968 and June 15, 1970
Genre Jazz
Label LMR
Producer Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington chronology
Orchestral Works
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The Suites, New York 1968 & 1970 is the fifth volume of The Private Collection, a series documenting recordings made by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington for his personal collection which was first released on the LMR label in 1987 and later on the Saja label.[1] The album includes "The Degas Suite" which was commissioned for an uncompleted film and inspired by Edgar Degas' paintings of racetrack scenes.[2] Also featured is "The River" which was composed to accompany a ballet by Alvin Ailey which premiered on June 25, 1970 at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater.[3]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Ellington is mostly the lead voice but his star sidemen are heard from on these formerly very rare and somewhat unusual performances. Clearly his genius was strong enough to fill three lifetimes full of new music and this CD contains some melodies that might have been more significant if he had lived long enough to find a place for them".[4]

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

Track listing[edit]

:All compositions by Duke Ellington

  1. "The Degas Suite: Introduction-Opening Titles/Race/Racing/Piano Pastel/Improvisation - Marcia Regina/Piano Pastel/Daily Double/Drawings/Promenade/Sonnet/Race" - 27:24
  2. "The River: The Spring/The Run/The Meander/The Giggling Rapids/The Lake/The Falls/The Whirlpool/The River/The Neo-Hip-Hot Kiddies Communities/The Village Of The Virgins/Her Majesty The Sea/The Spring" - 47:40
  • Recorded at National Recording Studio, New York on November 6, 1968 (tracks 1.1-1.11), November 23, 1968 (track 1.1), December 3, 1968 (track 1.7), at Universal Studios, Chicago on May 25, 1970 (tracks 2.1-2.5 & 2.12), at National Recording Studio, New York on June 3, 1970 (tracks 2.7-2.10), June 8, 1970 (track 2.6) and June 15, 1970 (track 2.11).



  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed June 22, 2010
  2. ^ WICN website accessed June 23, 2010
  3. ^ Slome, S. The River text for the Duke Ellington Society, Southern California Chapter newsletter accessed June 23, 2010
  4. ^ a b Allmusic Review accessed June 22, 2010