Duke Ellington : Blues in Orbit

Duke Ellington : Blues in Orbit


Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (piano), Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone), Jimmy Hamilton (saxophone), Russell Procope (alto saxophone, clarinet), Harry Carney (baritone saxophone), Paul Gonsavles (tenor saxophone), Ray Nance, Cat Anderson (trumpet), Shorty Baker, Clark Terry (trumpet), Britt Woodman, Matthew Gee, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders (trombone, Booty Wood (trombone), Jimmy Woode (bass), Jimmy Johnson, Sam Woodyard (drums)

Columbia 8241

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Three J’s Blues
A2 - Smada
A3 - Pie Eye’s Blues
A4 - Sweet and Pungent
A5 - C Jam Blues
B1 - In A Mellow Tone
B2 - Blues In Blueprint
B3 - The Swinger’s Get The Blues Too
B4 - The Swinger’s Jump
B5 - Blues In Orbit
B6 - Villes Ville Is The Place, Man

Recorded on December 2 & 3, 1959, at Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York City.

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.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Bernie Grundman, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.