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  • Vinyl (February 19, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Original Recordings
  • ASIN: B008YCJ020
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(2-LP set) Duke Ellington's legacy continues to live on as one of the most influential jazz innovators with this essential re-issue from ORG. Audiophile 180 Gram Double 45rpm. 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. Duke remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music and is widely considered as one of the twentieth century's best known African American personalities. As both a composer and a band leader, Ellington's reputation has increased since his death, with thematic repackaging of his signature music often becoming best-sellers

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Thomas on January 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Blues in Orbit" seems to get overlooked when Ellington's best albums are discussed, but it is a real keeper. There are 14 tracks, none of them is longer than 4:50 and it is all good stuff. There are some familiar favorites like "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, which doesn't hurt matters.
The featured performers include Ellington stalwarts Johnny Hodges, Ray Nance, Harry Carney and Jimmy Hamilton, as well as the less familiar Booty Wood and Matthew Gee. Johnny, 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", which is probably my favorite track. Ray shines on his trumpet, but also gets to play the violin on "C Jam Blues".
Among Duke's later works (post-1950), "Ellington at Newport" and "Far East Suite" are more famous, but I have all three on CD and find myself listening to this one more than either of those two. If you like Ellington or 50's era jazz, I don't see how you can't like this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By chefdevergue VINE VOICE on October 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Why this album is not better known is a mystery to me. The album overflows with one excellent arrangement after another, often harkening back to a traditional 12-bar blues format. The band has a bizarre arrangement of personnel, with only the single trumpet of Ray Nance going up against a full reed section, but you would never know that anything was out of the ordinary from the sound of the band.
My particular favorites on this album include "Smada" featuring reed work by Johnny Hodges that matches up with anything that he ever did; "Track 360," and some great blues arrangements, "Pie Eye's Blues," "The Singers Get the Blues, Too," and "The Swinger's Jump" (what a great way to end an album!).
This is one of my very favorite Ellington recordings, one I never tire of listening to. It took a long time for me to find a copy of this CD, and I am forever grateful that I did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Richardson on February 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is by far one of my favorite Duke Ellington albums to date. I have not found and album since which makes me smile after I listen to it like this one does.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "douglasnegley" on August 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I ran across this Ellington LP in the early 70s, and loved it. Maybe it is because it is in stereo - with some pretty heavy reverb - that many people pass it by; you know, the best Ellington must be mono or older or certainly not have late 50s reverb clouding it up, etc. Well, this is one of Duke's finest, most swinging albums with great straight ahead arrangements. The LP is pretty beat, but I had a friend transfer it to CD with some noise reduction so I can listen to it...but how I'd LOVE to have this CD. I guess I'll wait in line.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
It would have been fitting for this fine release to have been MFSL's last; alas, this one was numbered 757, and the mediocre Roy Orbison disk titled "Lonely and Blue" laid claim to 758. Unlike some of Ellington's more grandiose and much less satisfying efforts, this one features his band just playing some tunes, and the end result is pleasant and swinging. Recorded in 1959, the sound quality is excellent, with just a hint of murkiness on the bottom end and tendency for some of the solo instruments to stick to the speakers detracting from what is generally a strikingly realistic sonic presentation. Duke Ellington fans will doubtless be looking hard trying to find copies of this release; I'm not a Duke fan myself, but I plan to hold on to my copy, which I will pretend was MFSL's last. They deserved to go out on a grand note.
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