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5.0 out of 5 stars What a belter, 3 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Blues In Orbit (Audio CD)
Probably not one of the more famous Ellington outings but a classic set all the same. Recorded originally in 1958 this album sounds as great today as it did back then as Sony have done a lovely remastering on what was already a pretty good recording. The set also comes with an interesting essay and shots of Duke in the studio a nice bonus for those of us who like that sort of thing.

Ellington is a master of melody, mood and arrangement as 'Blues in Orbit' amply demonstrates. His music drives along but there is always room for subtlety, wit and variety of mood. The blues on this album are cool and sophisticated; the ensemble work cultured and the extemporizing skilful and played with real expressiveness. What could have been an indulgent jam session is a coherent and engaging piece of work: one minute testifying with a gospel like fervour and the next meditative and melancholy before shifting smartly onto some irresistible hard swinging. 'Blues in Orbit' is about a satisfying album of big band jazz as you'll find anywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another stella Ellington album., 10 July 2014
This review is from: Blues In Orbit (Audio CD)
Like so many famous jazz albums this was recorded in the middle of the night, which is still working time for so many jazz musicians past and present who are unaware that there is such a commodity as sunshine! This was recorded over two midnight sessions in 1958. The band features many of the great names e.g. Hodges, Gonsalves, Carney, Nance, Woodyard etc. Ellington varied the size of the groups from recording to recording. The main band is the full fifteen musicians, but some tracks have as few as nine.

The main solos fall to Gonsalves, Hodges, Nance (who plays violin on C Jam). Both Ellington and Strayhorn feature on piano. Along with some old favourites like C Jam blues and In A Mellotone, there are a host of new tunes, some I guess with the ink still wet on the manuscript paper. Many of these new tunes are blues, such as the title tune "Blues In Orbit", "Blues In Blueprint" (featuring a name new to me, Matthew Gee on baritone horn, who also plays the lead solo on "Smada").

Although the overall effect of the album is five star, there is one standout track among the "bonus" tracks, namely "Sentimental Lady" (aka "I didn't know about you") with a superb solo by Johnny Hodges.

Overall another great Ellington album
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