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  • Masterpieces By Ellington Masterpieces By Ellington Quick View

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    Masterpieces By Ellington

    A Historic Record - Recorded Just Four Years Removed From The Dawn Of The Analog Tape Era!


    Remastered By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Analog Tapes


    Recorded On An Ampex 200, Using 3M-111 Magnetic Tape Running At 15 Inches Per Second


    Gatefold Old-School Tip-On On Jacket By Stoughton Printing


    Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Most highly recommended (the record is now on the QRP presses). It's one of my 'Records to Die For' in the February 2015 Stereophile. You won't have to die to get a copy. $30 will do and it's well worth the money. A true classic both musically and sonically and a historical work of art you can now own. - Music = 11/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com


    Masterpieces By Ellington shines from an astonishingly brief period of history that gave the recording industry two of its greatest achievements - the introduction of magnetic tape recording and the 33 1/3 LP, or long-playing record.


    Four years. That's all it took to go from the discovery by Americans, of German advancements in the field of sound recording, to the marketing of tape decks in the U.S. by the Ampex company, to Columbia's unveiling of its 12" LP, and the first long-playing record to be sold to consumers.


    The four selections contained here catapulted the Maestro Ellington into the LP era, as the great composer/arranger/pianist and his matchless orchestra took full advantage of the possibilities afforded by magnetic tape recording and the still-new 33 1/3 RPM LP to, for the first time, capture uncut concert arrangements of their signature songs.


    This album wouldn't have been possible without a chain of events starting at the end of World War II. Recorded in December 1950, just five years after Germany fell to the Allies, revealing the Germans' advances in magnetic tape recording, Ellington's master work holds its wonder still today and the recording quality hands-down betters the sound of many modern-day albums.


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    1. Mood Indigo
    2. Sophisticated Lady
    3. The Tattooed Bride
    4. Solitude
    Duke Ellington
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    Festival Session

    Duke Ellington presents Festival Session. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. Perdido
    2. Copout Extension
    3. Duael Fuel - Part I [Vapor]
    4. Duael Fuel - Part II
    5. Duael Fuel - Part III
    6. Idiom 59 - Part I
    7. Idiom 59 - Part II
    8. Idiom 59 - Part III
    9. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
    10. Launching Pad
    Duke Ellington
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  • Blues In Orbit Blues In Orbit Quick View

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    Blues In Orbit

    Remastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Tapes


    Gatefold Old-school Tip-On On Jacket By Stoughton Printing


    Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    It's tempting for Blues in Orbit to be overlooked when Duke Ellington's best albums are discussed, but truly it's an undisputed gem. There are 14 tracks, none of them is longer than 4:50 and it is all good stuff. There are some familiar favorites such as In a Mellotone and C Jam Blues as well as less often heard gems like Blues in Blueprint and Sweet and Pungent. It is also in stereo, and the arrangements are superb.


    The featured performers include Ellington stalwarts Johnnie Hodges, Ray Nance, Harry Carney and Jimmy Hamilton, as well as the less familiar Booty Wood and Matthew Gee. Johnnie, in particular is well showcased here, taking the lead not only in slow pieces like Brown Penny and Sentimental Lady, but also in the rousing, Smada.


    The full Analogue Productions reissue treatment is at work on this smashing LP - famed mastering engineer Bernie Grundman handled the remastering from the original analog tapes. The lacquers were plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings, maker of the world's finest-sounding LPs. Lastly we've stashed each super-silent 200-gram disc in a premium Stoughton Printing gatefold jacket.


    All of the takes were recorded during after midnight sessions recorded over two nights starting on December 2, 1959 in New York at Columbia Record's studio on East 30th Street. Each night Duke's late dinner arrived at 2 a.m. - a sizzling steak, a pot of coffee with lemons in it, portions of American cheese, and grapefruits. After dinner, and a breather for the band, the sessions finished around dawn in a swinging fashion.


    If you're just getting into jazz, this album is highly recommended as a great way to initiate your collection. The sound is incredible, with packaging to match. Another audiophile home run.


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    1. Three J's Blues
    2. Smada
    3. Pie Eye's Blues
    4. Sweet and Pungent
    5. C Jam Blues
    6. In A Mellow Tone
    7. Blues In Blueprint
    8. The Swinger's Get The Blues Too
    9. The Swinger's Jump
    10. Blues In Orbit
    11. Villes Ville Is The Place, Man
    Duke Ellington
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  • Ellington At Newport (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale) Ellington At Newport (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Ellington At Newport (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale)

    Numbered, Limited Edition Mono LP


    Pandemonium: Historic 1956 Live Set Triggered Spontaneous Audience Outburst That Fed Directly into Feel, Outcome of Performance


    Ellington's Legendary Comeback Punctuated by Paul Gonsalves' 27-Chorus Saxophone Solo


    Unrivaled Analog Transparency: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    One of the Most Riveting and Important Jazz Recordings Ever Made


    It spurred Duke Ellington's comeback into the mainstream. It captures a performance so energetic, wild, unexpected, and unprecedented that the music literally caused thousands of people to jump up and stand on their chairs, worrying officials that a riot might ensue. It is jazz of the highest order, played at an almost rock n' roll pace, and with an enthusiastic pep that confirms Ellington and his ensemble fed off the crowd's reaction as the collective lit into each new stanza. It is Ellington's best-selling album. It is Ellington at Newport.


    Like few records before or since, the 1956 set owes as much to context and circumstance as it does instrumental execution. Years prior to his appearance in Rhode Island, Ellington had suffered lackadaisical record sales and a falling out of the public eye, as bop and hard bop supplanted tradition big bands. Yet in preparation for the event, Ellington worked on experimental ideas and a reshaping of some of his standards.


    The iconic arranger/composer's foresight comes into fruition throughout the white-hot set, never more so than on "Diminuendo and Crescendo In Blue," on which tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves erases all rules and outlays a 27-chorus solo that left everyone in awe-and prompted them to stand on chairs, dance feverishly, and hoot and holler to an extent that caused Ellington to ultimately cool things off. The improvisational flight epitomizes boldness, freedom, risk, and, to the bandleader, an assuredly loud response to the critics that had believed his well was tapped.


    The songs in advance of the climactic moment are no less exciting; Ellington and his 15-piece collective manhandle notes with ease, swinging and sliding through "Festival Junction" with a requisite balance of poise and panache, and kicking heels on Newport Up via Ellington's spry piano riffs, Jimmy Hamilton's spicy clarinet feeds, and Clark Terry's trumpet runs. In every way, Ellington at Newport is as quintessential as Kind of Blue, Giant Steps, and Way Out West.


    And now, the 1956 classic can be experienced in an analog fidelity never before as authentic or transparent on any pressing. Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (America's best record plant), this numbered limited edition Silver Series LP of Ellington's triumph boasts tremendous separation, deeper low frequencies, clearer highs, and front-to-back dynamics. Horns blare with multi-hued color, the Duke's 88s ring out with treble finesse, and the rhythm section claims an added presence buried on previous editions. Musically and sonically, you need this LP. It's that simple.


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    1. Festival Junction
    2. Blues to Be There
    3. Newport Up
    4. Jeep's Blues
    5. Diminuendo and Crescendo In Blue
    Duke Ellington
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  • Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn Quick View

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    Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    Recorded during the last decade of his long tenure with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, this album finds the great alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges' musical gifts not only intact but stronger than ever. Featuring the Ellington band - with Jimmy Jones on piano and Billy Strayhorn as bandleader and arranger - it is a fascinating program of Ellington remakes, including tome of the orchestra's most familiar numbers, all of which have been given subtle new orchestrations by Strayhorn and melodious new interpretations by Hodges.


    Recorded in 1961.


    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Billy Strayhorn, arranger, conductor, performer

    Cat Anderson, trumpet

    Shorty Baker, trumpet

    Aaron Bell, bass

    Bill Berry, trumpet

    Lawrence Brown, trombone

    Harry Carney, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone

    Chuck Conors, bass trombone

    Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone

    Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet, tenor saxophone

    Quentin Jackson, trombone

    Jimmy Jones, piano

    Howard McGhee, trumpet

    Ed Mullens, trumpet

    Russell Procope, clarinet, alto saxophone

    Sam Woodyard, drums


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    1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    2. I've Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
    3. Gal From Joe's
    4. Your Love Has Faded
    5. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
    6. Jeep's Blues
    7. Day Dream
    8. Juice a Plenty
    9. Azure
    10. Tailor Made
    11. Stardust
    Johnny Hodges
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  • And His Mother Called Him Bill (Speakers Corner) And His Mother Called Him Bill (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    And His Mother Called Him Bill (Speakers Corner)

    When Billy Strayhorn died of cancer in 1967, Duke Ellington was devastated. His closest friend and arranger had left his life full of music and memories. As a tribute, Ellington and his orchestra almost immediately began recording a tribute to Strayhorn, using the late arranger's own compositions.



    The album features well-known and previously unrecorded Strayhorn tunes that showcase his range, versatility, and, above all, the quality that Ellington admired him most for: his sensitivity to all of the timbral, tonal, and color possibilities an orchestra could bring to a piece of music.



    Full of informality and soulful verve, these recordings feel like they are an afterthought, an unwillingness to completely let go, a eulogy whose final words are questions, elegantly stated and met with only the echo of their last vibrations ringing in an empty room, full of wondering, longing, and helplessness, but above all the point of the questions themselves: "Is this enough?" or "Can there ever be enough to pay an adequate tribute to this man?"
    They are interesting questions, because only five years later we would all be saying the same thing about Ellington. For a man who issued well over 300 albums, this set is among his most profoundly felt and very finest recorded moments.






    Musicians:



    • Duke Ellington (piano)

    • Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington (trumpet)

    • Clark Terry (fluegel horn)

    • Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors (trombone)

    • Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone)

    • Russell Procope (alto saxophone, clarinet)

    • Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet)

    • Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone)

    • Aaron Bell (bass)

    • Steve Little (drums)




    Recording: August and September 1967 in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City, by Ed Begley

    Production: Brad McCuen





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Boo-Dah
    2. U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)
    3. Blood Count 9

    4. Smada
    5. Rock Skippin' at the Blue Note

    6. Rain Check
    7. Midriff
    8. My Little Brown Book
    9. Lotus Blossom
    10. Snibor
    11. After All
    12. All Day Long
    13. Lotus Blossom
    14. Day Dream
    15. The Intimacy of the Blues
    16. Charpoy
    Duke Ellington
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  • Ellington Uptown (Pure Pleasure) Ellington Uptown (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Ellington Uptown (Pure Pleasure)

    Even back in the early '50s, Columbia Records took Duke Ellington seriously enough to place this album on its prestigious Masterworks label, heretofore reserved mostly for highbrow classical music and Broadway shows. Also, this LP explodes the critical line that the early '50s was a relatively fallow period for the Duke; any of these smoking, concert-length tracks will torpedo that notion. The young Louis Bellson was powering the Ellington band at that time, and his revolutionary double-bass drum technique and rare ability to build coherent drum solos are put to astounding use on his self-penned leadoff track, Skin Deep, which was quite a demonstration piece for audiophiles at the time. Old favorites from the Ellington hit parade are given extended treatments, with singer Betty Roche taking the A-Train for a bebop-flavored ride, The Mooche spotlighting clarinetists Jimmy Hamilton and Russell Procope, and Ellington's boogie-woogie piano kicking off a super-charged Perdido for trumpeter Clark Terry. The centerpiece of the disc is a sharply drawn, idiomatically swinging, probably unbeatable performance of A Tone Parallel To Harlem that lays waste to any of the 'symphonic' versions that turn up frequently at pop concerts. Another feature of this record is the great sound quality, a benefit of being entrusted to Columbia's best engineers.



    Musicians:



    • Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Russell Procope (saxophone)

    • William Anderson, Clark Terry (trumpet)

    • Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman (trombone)

    • Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington (piano)

    • Betty Roche (vocal)
    • Wendell Marshall (bass)

    • Louis Bellson (drums)





    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Skin Deep
    2. The Mooche
    3. Take the A Train
    4. A Tone Parallel
    5. Perdido
    Duke Ellington
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  • Masterpieces (45 RPM) Masterpieces (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Masterpieces (45 RPM)


    A Historic Record - Recorded Just Four Years Removed From The Dawn Of The Analog Tape Era!


    Remastered By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Analog Tapes


    Recorded On An Ampex 200, Using 3M-111 Magnetic Tape Running At 15 Inches Per Second


    Gatefold Old-School Tip-on On Jacket By Stoughton Printing Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!


    Named A 2015 Record To Die For By Stereophile Magazine.


    Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes, the record was plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings. The depth and space when those rich chromatic harmonies create a wide and well-defined soundscape, the timbre of the orchestra as a whole as well as individual instruments, and the thick, wooden sound of Wendell Marshall's bass are among the aural pleasures provided when you drop a needle on this platter; expect goose bumps. - Music = 5/5; Sonics = 4.5/5 - Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, May-June 2015.


    I chose the CD reissue of this album as one of my R2D4s for 2012, but now from Chad Kassem's Analogue Productions comes this QRP LP, and it's an occasion for popping corks. Released in 1950, this was Ellington's first LP, and he used the new medium to stretch out four of his biggest hits. The arrangements are jaw-droppingly gorgeous and the sound just slightly less so. Recorded by Fred Plaut, who later miked Kind of Blue and other Columbia classics, it has the dynamics, depth, and in-your-face tonal realism of a modern (mono) audiophile thumper. Among the best jazz albums ever. - Fred Kaplan, for Stereophile - Records To Die For - February 2015.


    This new re-issue slays my vintage copy in every way. Every dimension of the recording was much better...dynamics, harmonics, frequency response, detail, jump...all just leaped out at me! The recording sounded like it had been made that morning...absolutely fresh-sounding. No veiling. No roll-off. In fact, it's so good that it doesn't matter that this is a mono recording! Listen to it on a great turntable...you'll hear mono that fools you into thinking that it's not mono. Just wait until you hear Yvonne Lanauze sing, Mood Indigo amigos, after a long instrumental build-up...she'll take you there! ... The pressing itself was impeccable: flat, and free of noise, tics and pops...a genuine masterpiece of the pressing-plant arts. The Hyperion OCL, the finest cartridge that I've ever heard, revealed how superbly these grooves were carved! Commendable, reference-grade analog...very, very close to master tape sound. Very damned close! Kissing cousins close! Hell, maybe even closer than that. In fact, I now consider the Analogue Productions re-issue of Masterpieces by Ellington to be one of the very finest Jazz records ever released. (Sorry Miles! Move over, Kind of Blue!). - David W. Robinson, editor-in-chief, Positive Feedback Online.


    Most highly recommended (the record is now on the QRP presses). It's one of my 'Records to Die For' in the February 2015 Stereophile. A true classic both musically and sonically and a historical work of art you can now own. - Music = 11/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.


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    LP 1
    1. Mood Indigo
    2. Sophisticated Lady


    LP 2
    1. The Tattooed Bride
    2. Solitude

    Duke Ellington
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    Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins

    For years Duke Ellington and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins promised each other that they would one day find a way to collaborate on an album. Finally, in 1962, they recorded at the famed Rudy Van Gelder Studios in New Jersey, with a small personnel from the Ellington band. The event was marked by the combination of the guest tenor's distinctive and expansive tones, the rich ensemble sound, and of course, the extraordinary Ellington compositions. Duke Ellington covered the piano and brought with him Aaron Bell, brass; Lawrence Brown, trombone; Sam Woodyard, drums; and Ray Nance, cornet and violin. What became obvious almost immediately was the interplay of Hawkin's tenor and Harry Carney on alto saxophone and the alto voicing of Johnny Hodges. Highlights include the infectious calypso-like opening of Limbo Jazz that moves from solos by Hodges, Ray Nance and Lawrence Brown to a solo by Coleman Hawkins. Ellington's classic Mood Indigo is the perfect vehicle for Hawkins with his rich, resonant phrasing. Wanderlust, which was first recorded in 1938, is revived here with Lawrence Brown and Ray Nance contributing to the blues mood of the piece. Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins features two legendary masters of jazz in a meeting that remains as masterful and thrilling as it did when it first took place in 1962.


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    1. Limbo Jazz
    2. Mood Indigo
    3. Ray Charles' Place
    4. Wanderlust
    5. You Dirty Dog
    6. Self Portrait (Of the Bean)
    7. The Jeep Is Jumpin'
    8. The Ricitic
    Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins
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    Indigos

    Impex Records makes your nights a little bit cooler with this Limited Edition, 180gram all-analog shot of pure Duke at his most soulfully nocturnal. From the cats who brought you Time Further Out and Friday and Saturday Nights At the Blackhawk. Mastered by Kevin Gray and limited to only 2500 pressings!


    Indigos features performances of jazz standards such as Mood Indigo, Autumn Leaves, Prelude To a Kiss and more!


    Recorded in 1957 with a line-up that included Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonsalves among the saxophones and a trumpet section of Clark Terry, Willie Cook, Cat Anderson and Harold Baker. An exceptional record with arrangements full of new twists, innovative voices and improvisations.

    1. Solitude
    2. Where or When
    3. Mood Indigo
    4. Autumn Leaves
    5. The Sky Fell Down
    6. Prelude To a Kiss
    7. Willow Weep For Me
    8. Tenderly
    9. Dancing In the Dark
    Duke Ellington
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    Blues In Orbit

    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets!


    Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!


    Duke Ellington is joined by the likes of Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges and more for this recording from multiple sessions spreading from February 1958 to December 1959.


    ...(Blues In Orbit is) an album worth tracking down, if only to hear the band run through a lighter side of its sound -- indeed, it captures the essence of a late-night recording date that was as much a loose jam as a formal studio date, balancing the spontaneity of the former and the technical polish of the latter. - Bruce Eder, Allmusic.com


    Features:

    • Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets

    • Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!

    • Audiophile 180 gram, 45rpm Vinyl

    • Double LP

    • Pressed at RTI

    • Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!


    Musicians:

    Duke Ellington, piano

    Billy Strayhorn, piano (2,7)

    Ray Nance, trumpet

    Cat Anderson, trumpet

    Shorty Baker, trumpet

    Clark Terry, trumpet

    Britt Woodman, trombone

    Matthew Gee, trombone

    Quentin Jackson, trombone

    John Sanders, valve trombone

    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Russell Procope, alto saxophone, clarinet

    Harry Carney, baritone saxophone

    Jimmy Woode, bass

    Jimmy Johnson, drums

    Sam Woodyard, drums


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    1. Three J's Blues
    2. Smada
    3. Pie Eye's Blues
    4. Sweet and Pungent
    5. C Jam Blues
    6. In a Mellow Tone
    7. Blues In Blueprint
    8. The Swingers Get the Blues, Too
    9. The Swinger's Jump
    10. Blues In Orbit
    11. Villes Ville Is the Place, Man
    Duke Ellington
    $54.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Sings Ellington

    Nina Simone was on her way to becoming a major name by 1962, with her protest and civil rights songs giving her acclaim and recognition far beyond the jazz world. This reissue is a change of pace for the singer/pianist, who is heard performing 11 songs written by Duke Ellington and/or Billy Strayhorn. Backed by an unidentified string orchestra (the accompaniment is often sparse) and the Malcolm Dodds Singers, she not only revives the usual Duke hits but such obscurities as Hey, Buddy Bolden, Merry Mending, and You Better Know It. None of these performances sound like the typical treatment of Ellington material, with I Got It Bad having a gospel feel, Something to Live For being brief but heartfelt, I Like the Sunrise sounding like a big production number, and Satin Doll being taken as an instrumental.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
    2. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
    3. Hey, Buddy Bolden
    4. Merry Mending
    5. Something to Live for
    6. You Better Know It
    7. I Like the Sunrise
    8. Solitude
    9. The Gal from Joe's
    10. Satin Doll
    11. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
    12. Mood Indigo*


    *Bonus Track

    Nina Simone
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    Ellington & Coltrane

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Includes Bonus Track


    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is a jazz album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane recorded on September 26, 1962 and released in February 1963 on Impulse! Records.


    For Ellington, it was one of many collaborations with fellow jazz-greats in the early 1960s, including Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach and Charles Mingus. More unusually, it placed him in a jazz quartet setting (in this case, saxophone, piano, bass and drums), rather than his usual one in a big band.


    For Coltrane, it was an opportunity to work with one of jazz's all-time greats. It was one of several albums he recorded in the early 1960s in a more conservative and accessible style, alongside John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman and Ballads. Despite their differences in background, style and age (Ellington was 63 and Coltrane 36 when the tracks were recorded), it has been said that the two interacted seamlessly and subtly, neither one outshining the other.


    The quartet was filled out by the bassist and drummer from either of their bands. The tracks they recorded featured Ellington standards (In a Sentimental Mood), new Ellington compositions and a new Coltrane composition (Big Nick).


    Coltrane felt very honoured to work with Ellington: I was really honoured to have the opportunity of working with Duke. It was a wonderful experience. He has set standards I haven't caught up with yet. I would have liked to have worked over all those numbers again, but then I guess the performances wouldn't have had the same spontaneity. And they mightn't have been any better!

    1. In A Sentimental Mood
    2. Take The Coltrane
    3. Big Nick
    4. Stevie
    5. My Little Brown Book
    6. Angelica
    7. The Feeling Of Jazz
    8. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good*


    *Bonus Track

    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
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    Ellington Indigos (Bonus Track)

    Import


    Heavyweight 180gm direct metal mastered vinyl LP pressing with deluxe inner sleeve. Includes one bonus track. Wax Time.


    Recorded in 1957 with a line-up that included Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonsalves among the saxophones and a trumpet section of Clark Terry, Willie Cook, Cat Anderson and Harold Baker. An exceptional record with arrangements full of new twists, innovative voices and improvisations.

    1. Solitude
    2. Where Or When
    3. Mood Indigo
    4. Autumn Leaves
    5. Night And Day *
    6. The Sky Fell Down
    7. Prelude To A Kiss
    8. Willow Weep For Me
    9. Tenderly
    10. Dancing In The Dark


    *Bonus Track. Not On The Original Lp Configuration

    Duke Ellington
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    Nina Simone Sings Ellington

    Originally released in 1962, here Nina pays homage to the man most responsible for bringing jazz music out of the shadows and into every home in America. Duke Ellington changed our country's very cultural fabric, while giving us a hugely improved soundtrack to go along with it. Simone, a classically trained pianist herself, aligns herself with this great American tradition, adding new layers of meaning to standards like "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" and "Satin Doll", in a way that always left fans clamouring for more.
    1. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
    2. I Got It Bad
    3. Hey, Buddy Bolden
    4. Merry Mending
    5. Something To Live For
    6. You Better Know It
    7. I Like The Sunrise
    8. Solitude
    9. The Gal From Joe's
    10. Satin Doll
    11. It Don't Mean A Thing
    Nina Simone
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    Plays Duke Ellington

    It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
    Sophisticated Lady
    I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
    Black and Tan Fantasy
    Mood Indigo
    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
    Solitude
    Caravan
    Thelonious Monk
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    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

    1. In A Sentimental Mood
    2. Take The Coltrane
    3. Big Nick
    4. Stevie
    5. My Little Brown Book
    6. Angelica
    7. The Feeling Of Jazz
    John Coltrane
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  • Duke Ellington's 70th Birthday Concert (Pure Pleasure) Duke Ellington's 70th Birthday Concert (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Duke Ellington's 70th Birthday Concert (Pure Pleasure)

    This double LP ranks as one of Duke Ellington's finest recordings of his final decade. The live performance gives listeners a good idea as to just how Duke's ensemble sounded in concert, and it serves as both a retrospective and a display of the strengths of Ellington's mighty band. Among the many highlights are definitive renditions of Rockin' in Rhythm and Take the 'A' Train (the latter has some wonderful Cootie Williams trumpet), a few features for altoist Johnny Hodges, a tenor battle on In Triplicate, a few guest spots for organist Wild Bill Davis, and a 16-and-a-half-minute, nine-song medley that really works well. The most memorable chorus of all is an incredible high-note display by Cat Anderson on Satin Doll that is arguably his most miraculous solo ever; each note he hits is virtually impossible to play on the trumpet, and is in tune, too. This gem is essential for all serious jazz collections.



    Musicians:



    • Duke Ellington (piano)

    • Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (saxophone)

    • Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington (trumpet)

    • Lawrence Brown (trombone)

    • Wild Bill Davis (organ)

    • Victor Gaskin (bass)

    • Rufus "Speedy" Jones (drums)




    Recording: November 1969 live by Bob Auger

    Production: Noel Walker



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Side one:


    Rockin In Rhythm
    B.P.
    Take The A Train

    Tootie For Cootie


    Side Two:


    4:30 Blues
    El Gato
    Black Butterfly

    Things Aint What They Used To Be

    Laying On Mellow


    Side Three:


    Satin Doll
    Azure
    In Triplicate

    Perdido
    Fifi



    Side Four:


    Medley:
    Prelude To A Kiss

    Im Just A Lucky So And So

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
    Do Nothin Til You Hear From Me
    Just Squeeze Me
    Dont Get Around Much Anymore

    Mood Indigo
    Sophisticated Lady

    Caravan
    Black Swan
    Final Ellington Speech

    Duke Ellington
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    Festival Session

    Duke Ellington and his Orchestra


    New York, September 8, 1959


    Side A:


    1. Perdido
    2. Copout Extension
    3. Duel Fuel -Part I
    4. Duel Fuel -Part II
    5. Duel Fuel -Part III
    6. V.I.P'S Boogie*


    Side B:


    1. Idiom '59 -Part I (Vapor)
    2. Idiom '59 -Part II
    3. Idiom '59 -Part III
    4. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
    5. Launching Pad
    6. Jam With Sam*


    *Bonus Tracks: from the same session, not on the original LP.

    Duke Ellington
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    The Great Summit

    Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington present The Great Summit. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. Duke's Place
    2. I'm Just A Lucky So And So
    3. Cottontail
    4. Mood Indigo
    5. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
    6. The Beautiful American
    7. Black And Tan Fantasy
    8. Drop Me Off In Harlem
    9. The Mooche
    10. In A Mellow Tone
    11. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (1957 Version)
    Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
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    The Conny Plank Session

    Duke Ellington's musical works are seemingly well documented; the likelihood of finding a good,unreleased Duke Ellington recording is slight at best.When Grönland Records called and told me they had found exactly that in Conny Plank's estate and asked me if I wanted to give it a listen, I felt pretty honored, and excited. The music of Duke Ellington is - in my worldview - to jazz what Bach's oeuvre is to classical music: THE great benchmark, or - to raise it up onto an even higher pedestal - the Old Testament, the alpha and omega. With both Bach and Ellington, you can sit down at a piano simply to go through it building chords and something great always happens. This music is so rich, and it is virtually indestructible.
    1. Alerado (take 1)
    2. Alerado (take 2)
    3. Alerado (take 3)
    4. Afrique (take1)
    5. Afrique (take 2)
    6. Afrique (take 3 / vocal version)
    Duke Ellington
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    The Feeling Of Jazz

    Mastered From Original Analog Tapes By Grammy Award Winner Bernie Grundman


    Pressed On Audiophile-Grade 180 Gram Vinyl At Pallas Group In Germany


    Contains Never-Before-Heard Ellington Originals


    Features Exclusive Artwork and Packaging


    Recorded at four different sessions in 1962 at Bell Studio, The Feeling of Jazz is one of the rarest titles America's greatest composer ever released, containing both never-before-heard originals as well as reinterpretations of Ellington classics. Performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, which included players such as Paul Gonsalves, Johnny Hodges, Harold Baker, and Jimmy Hamilton, the material contains a wealth of spot-on solos and stop-on-a-dime changes.


    The Feeling of Jazz represents a critical juncture in Ellington's career and a can't-miss opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to get closer to the man and his music. The album was mastered from the original analog tapes at Bernie Grundman Studios, and pressed on 180 gram vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.

    1. Taffy Twist
    2. Flirtibird
    3. Smada
    4. What Am I Here For
    5. Take The 'A' Train
    6. I'm Gonna Go Fishin'
    7. Boo-Dah
    8. Black And Tan Fantasy
    9. The Feeling Of Jazz
    10. Jump For Joy
    11. I Let A Song... / Don't Get Around...
    Duke Ellington
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    Indigos

    Indigos is a seminal Jazz album by big band superstar Duke Ellington, originally released in 1958. Ellington chose a set of easy listening ballads to be performed by his ace Big Band, putting less emphasis on the uptempo and danceable Swing the group was revered for.


    Behind Ellington on piano, you'll hear a marvelous band including Paul Gonsalves on tenor sax, Shorty Baker on trumpet, Ray Nance on violin, Johnny Hodges on alto sax and Harry Carney on baritone sax, all being put in the solo spotlight on every song of this record.


    This stereo reissue features the mono version of The Sky Fell Down, thus featuring the original 1958 track listing, exactly as it was intended more than half a century ago. A timeless classic!

    1. Solitude
    2. Where Or When
    3. Mood Indigo
    4. Autumn Leaves
    5. The Sky Fell Down
    6. Prelude To A Kiss
    7. Willow Weep For Me
    8. Tenderly
    9. Dancing In The Dark
    Duke Ellington
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    The Feeling Of Jazz

    1962 Set from Duke Ellington and His Orchestra Contains New Material and Fresh Interpretations of Classics


    Spectacular Audiophile Restoration Series Resurrects UK Label Black Lion: Mastered at Bernie Grundman Studios by Chris Bellman and Pressed at Pallas


    EQ Notes and Curation Performed by Iconic Engineer Steve Hoffman; LPs EQ'd and Set Up by Bernie Grundman


    Conceived, Designed, and Manufactured for Collectors and Enthusiasts: Vinyl Jacket Features Exclusive Art


    Age never slowed Duke Ellington. Recorded at four different sessions in 1962 at Bell Studio in 1962, The Feeling of Jazz is one of the rarest titles America's greatest composer ever released, and contains both never-before-heard originals as well as reinterpretations of Ellington classics. Performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, which included players such as Paul Gonsalves, Johnny Hodges, Harold Baker, and Jimmy Hamilton, the material contains a wealth of spot-on solos and stop-on-a-dime changes.


    Originally released by the UK label Black Lion, an imprint that specialized in resurrecting rare gems from US jazz and blues legends, The Feeling of Jazz represents a critical juncture in Ellington's career and a can't-miss opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to get closer to the man and his music. Helmed by ORG, this historical reissue is afforded the ultimate in audiophile production standards, resulting in sonics and presentation befitting the museum-like worth of this record's existence.


    Mastered from the original master tapes at Bernie Grundman Studios by Chris Bellman and pressed at Pallas, the 180g LP was curated by legendary engineer Steve Hoffman and eq'd by Grundman himself. A better team you cannot find; every step involved serious quality-control measures to guarantee gorgeous sound. The superb vinyl jacket features exclusive artwork. This is what being a collector is all about. The title isn't widely known, but this reissue preserves historically significant music that will be enjoyed by generations to come.


    Jazz fans, audiophiles, and music fanatics, don't sleep on this extraordinary treasure.

    1. Taffy Twist
    2. Flirtibird
    3. Smada
    4. What Am I Here For
    5. Take the 'A' Train
    6. I'm Gonna Go Fishin'
    7. Boo-Dah
    8. Black and Tan Fantasy
    9. The Feeling of Jazz
    10. Jump for Joy
    11. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart/Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    Duke Ellington
    $29.99
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