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Duke Ellington|Blues In Orbit

Blues In Orbit

Duke Ellington

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Blues in Orbit lacks the intellectual cache of the suites and concept pieces that loomed large in Ellington's recordings of this period, but it's 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. Ellington and company were just back from a European tour when the bulk of this album was recorded at one after-midnight session in New York on December 2, 1959 -- the arrangements had to be hastily written out when the copyist failed to appear for the gig. So on the one hand, the band was kicking back with these shorter pieces; on the other, the group was also improvising freely and intensely at various points. The title track, recorded more than a year before most of the rest, is a slow blues that puts Ellington's piano into a call-and-response setting with the horns, with Ellington getting in the last word. "Villes Ville Is the Place, Man" is a bracing, beat-driven jaunt, highlighted by solos featuring Ray Nance, Harry Carney, and Johnny Hodges on trumpet, baritone sax, and alto, respectively. "Three J's Blues" shows off composer Jimmy Hamilton playing some earthy tenor sax in a swinging, exuberant blues setting. "Smada" features Billy Strayhorn on piano and Johnny Hodges on alto, in a stirring dance number, and "Pie Eye's Blues" is a hot studio improvisation featuring Ray Nance and Jimmy Hamilton trading three solos each.
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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1
Three J's Blues (Album Version)
00:02:52

J. Hamilton, Composer - J. Hamilton, Lyricist - Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Smada (Album Version)
00:02:36

B. Strayhorn, Composer - B. Strayhorn, Lyricist - Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Pie Eye's Blues (Album Version)
00:03:25

Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Sweet & Pungent (Album Version)
00:04:01

B. Strayhorn, Composer - B. Strayhorn, Lyricist - Unknown, Performer - Unknown, Producer - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
C Jam Blues (Album Version)
00:04:50

Unknown, Performer - Unknown, Producer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
In a Mellow Tone (Album Version)
00:02:40

Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Blues In Blueprint (Album Version)
00:03:41

Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
The Swingers Get the Blues, Too (Album Version)
00:03:07

Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - M. Gee, Composer - M. Gee, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
The Swinger's Jump (Album Version)
00:03:51

Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Blues In Orbit (Album Version)
00:02:27

B. Strayhorn, Composer - B. Strayhorn, Lyricist - Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1958 & released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Villes Ville Is the Place, Man (Album Version)
00:02:31

Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Track 360 (Album Version)
00:02:01

Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Sentimental Lady (Album Version)
00:04:00

Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1959 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Brown Penny (Album Version)
00:03:00

J. Latouche, Composer - J. Latouche, Lyricist - Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1959 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Pie Eye's Blues (Alternate Take)
00:03:30

Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1959 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
Sweet & Pungent (Alternate Take)
00:03:50

B. Strayhorn, Composer - B. Strayhorn, Lyricist - Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1959 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

17
The Swinger's Jump (Alternate Take)
00:03:49

Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1959 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

18
Blues In Orbit (Alternate Take)
00:02:37

B. Strayhorn, Composer - B. Strayhorn, Lyricist - Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1958 & released 12004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

19
Track 360 (Alternate Take)
00:02:01

Unknown, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1958 & released 12004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Blues in Orbit lacks the intellectual cache of the suites and concept pieces that loomed large in Ellington's recordings of this period, but it's 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. Ellington and company were just back from a European tour when the bulk of this album was recorded at one after-midnight session in New York on December 2, 1959 -- the arrangements had to be hastily written out when the copyist failed to appear for the gig. So on the one hand, the band was kicking back with these shorter pieces; on the other, the group was also improvising freely and intensely at various points. The title track, recorded more than a year before most of the rest, is a slow blues that puts Ellington's piano into a call-and-response setting with the horns, with Ellington getting in the last word. "Villes Ville Is the Place, Man" is a bracing, beat-driven jaunt, highlighted by solos featuring Ray Nance, Harry Carney, and Johnny Hodges on trumpet, baritone sax, and alto, respectively. "Three J's Blues" shows off composer Jimmy Hamilton playing some earthy tenor sax in a swinging, exuberant blues setting. "Smada" features Billy Strayhorn on piano and Johnny Hodges on alto, in a stirring dance number, and "Pie Eye's Blues" is a hot studio improvisation featuring Ray Nance and Jimmy Hamilton trading three solos each.
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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