Togo Brava Suite

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Togo Brava Suite
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Live album by Duke Ellington
Released 1971
Recorded October 22 & 24, 1971
Genre Jazz
Label United Artists
Producer Noel Walker
Duke Ellington chronology
The Intimate Ellington
Togo Brava Suite
Live at the Whitney

Togo Brava Suite is the ninth studio album and the first live album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded in England and released on the United Artists label in 1971.[1] The album won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band in 1972.[2] The album was later reissued on CD on the Blue Note label in 1994 and studio recordings of the complete "Togo Brava Suite" were released in 2001 on the Storyville label.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 2 stars and stated, "By the time of these concerts from England, the Duke Ellington Orchestra had suffered quite a few losses of veteran personnel... However, the band was still a major force, and this set has plenty of highpoints".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Duke Ellington except where noted.

  1. "C Jam Blues" (Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington) - 4:42
  2. "Toga Brava Suite: Soul Soothing Beach/Naturellement" - 11:56
  3. "Right on Togo" - 4:58
  4. "Happy Reunion" - 4:41
  5. "Addi" - 4:04
  6. "Lotus Blossom" (Billy Strayhorn) - 2:30
  7. "Cotton Tail" - 4:18
  8. "Checkered Hat" (Judy Spencer, Norris Turney) - 4:37
  9. "La Plus Belle Africaine" - 8:39
  10. "In a Mellow Tone" (Ellington, Milt Gabler) - 4:02
  11. "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)" (Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) - 5:29
  12. "Melancholia" - 3:41
  13. "Soul Flute" - 3:19
  • Recorded at the Birmingham Theatre in Birmingham, England on October 24, 1971 except for tracks 1 & 7 which were recorded at Colston Hall in Bristol, England on October 22, 1971.



  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed May 7, 2010
  2. ^ Grammy Awards Database
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 7, 2010