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The Ellington Suites Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00E4V08KS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Ellington Suites is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington which collects three suites recorded in 1959, 1971 and 1972. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band. Interesting fact: Ellington wrote The Queens Suite for Queen Elizabeth II, who was presented with a single pressing of the recording which was not commercially issued during Ellington's lifetime. This newly remastered edition features a previously unreleased bonus track; the only known recording of the Ellington composition 'The Kiss'.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Lake on 14 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
The first "suite" on this album - The Queen's Suite - would get 5 stars, the rest two stars. It's worth buying for the Queen's Suite anyway - from the gorgeous opening track (Sunset & the Mockingbird) to the dramatic finale (Apes & Peacocks) it's full of beautifully orchestrated themes ... and this album is more about writing than improvisation. The other two suites are mediocre by Ellington's standards - you'll probably listen only the once. A pity the Queen's Suite couldn't have been paired with something more substantial (e.g. the New Orleans Suite, of the later suites). Ah well, if the history of the Queen's is true, we're lucky to have it at all ...
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Benson on 9 Feb. 2008
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This cd contains Ellington's sublime Queen's Suite (1959) along with interesting but lesser late works featuring a band reduced reduced by the deaths of many of its best soloists.

The Queen's Suite is twenty minutes of choice Ellingtonia, beautifully recorded. Lush arrangements and one Duke's most beautiful piano solos. The story is that he wrote is after being presented to the Queen after a command performance (which is more than Acker Bilk ever did), had a single copy pressed and sent to her and stashed the tapes where no discerning listeners could hear them. A pity, since this is some of his best work from his hi-fi period and the Windsors are a notoriously philistine bunch. I imagine HRH gave her copy to Princess Margaret who played it at a few of her well-heeled debauches and then forgot about it.

Wonderful that we can now appreciate it in all its glory.
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By Dp Smith on 10 Sept. 2013
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Entirely different to the mainstream of his work so widely available elsewhere, this set of songs - entirely correctly called suites - was made much later in his career and provided a new sound. I hightly recommend these to anyone intrested in a mellow big band sound.
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Like all Ellington - fantastic and fabulous. It goes with my other suite collections done by Ellington
Thanks for some great music!
Leo
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0 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. B. A. Juby on 13 Nov. 2012
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I prefer Trad Jazz but my wife wanted it so she got it! I can't really get into the Duke but there we are - it takes all sorts.
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