Black Brown & Beige Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, February 5, 2008
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but she had a high opinion of Duke's work and Duke's orchestra (not a huge surprise there) and he did give her a role that goes well with her religious convictions: she was to sing the religious segment of the African American historical experience... Something she was famous for...
So, this is not a typical Ellington orchestra album, but it's a great album nevertheless, with LOVELY and emotional contributions by Ray Nance, Harry Carney, John Sanders, Quentin Jackson, Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker (...) and the Duke himself.
Additional tracks (two of which I already have on my CBS Jazz Masterpieces "Blues in Orbit" CD - Duke Ellington: Blues in Orbit (Columbia Jazz Masterpieces))
are very, very welcome, even if they sometimes dilute the sheer beauty of the core performances of the album, the selected parts from "Black, Brown and Beige" suite. For me, Ellington's music shows continuous development from the late 1920s until the 1960s (I haven't yet listened to the last few years of his orchestrations) so, this peculiar album is something that will repeatedly find its way to my CD player.
THIS CD, featuring Mahalia Jackson, is roughly the third time Ellington would record "Black, Brown & Beige," depending on how you count, and like all of his re-workings, it has much to love. It's actually not fair to label it as a 're-working,' because to some, that suggests a work that has been ruined or mutilated. Far from it, this is actually a wonderful and moving performance, a beautiful re-interpretation that greatly benefits from the presence of Mahalia Jackson. The themes from "Work Song" and "Come Sunday" still sound transcendant; the new arrangement works off them, building on the spiritual tone that has always been inherent in this piece and becomes overtly apparent when Mahalia is introduced on Part IV.
For someone just getting acquainted with "Black, Brown & Beige," this CD may be the most accessible version, especially if you're new to jazz. However, I'd recommend this CD to anyone. This release was actually a re-issue coinciding with Duke's centennial, and the packaging is done very well - original liner notes plus new ones from Monsignor John Sanders and producer Phil Schaap.Read more ›
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Duke Ellington AND Mahalia Jackson on the same disc. WOW !! A great copy of the sound of these two greats !! Read morePublished 20 months ago by scarlet
One of the early, great, Ellington works. The Mahalia Jackson piece alone is in a thing of astounding beauty and power. It is in my brain forever.Published 23 months ago by thomas snell
Bought this album for my Dad last year after he asked me if I remembered his Black, Brown & Beige record that he and Mother had.. Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Kent Jones
ELLINGTON, Duke, and his Orchestra. Black, Brown and Beige. Columbia. 2008; orig. 1958. $4.99.
DE, p; Mahalia Jackson, voc; other soloists: Harry Carney, bari sx; Shorty... Read more
It is a fabulous disc. Anyone who likes Duke Ellington and or jazz would love to hear it. Brings back the old days. Jazz is certainly a wonderful genre.Published on January 5, 2013 by GloriaGKarp
Black, Brown And Beige
this Cd, featuring Mahalia Jackson, is a must-have in any jazz or Ellington collection. I'm partial to Ellington's sacred works and this one's a winner.