Duke Ellington – Blues In Orbit (1960) [1999, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Duke Ellington - Blues In Orbit (1960) [1999, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Duke Ellington – Blues In Orbit (1960) [1999, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
DSF Tracks / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
CD-Layer / EAC Rip / FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.51 GB (ISO) + 1.47 GB (DSF) + 738 MB (FLAC) + 258 MB (CD-Layer) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | US | Cat#: UDCD 757 | Genre: Big Band, Swing
Update: DSF Tracks have been added

Blues in Orbit lacks the intellectual cache of the suites and concept pieces that loomed large in Ellington’s recordings of this period, but it’s an album worth tracking down, if only to hear the band run through a lighter side of its sound — indeed, it captures the essence of a late-night recording date that was as much a loose jam as a formal studio date, balancing the spontaneity of the former and the technical polish of the latter. Continue reading “Duke Ellington – Blues In Orbit (1960) [1999, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Duke Ellington And Count Basie – First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1961) [1999, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Duke Ellington And Count Basie - First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1961) [1999, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Duke Ellington And Count Basie – First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1961) [1999, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 3.09 GB (ISO) + 1.49 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Columbia | US | Cat#: CS 65571 | Genre: Big Band, Swing

A battle of the bands? Not quite — more like a mutual admiration society, with the orchestras of both jazz titans playing together. (The Duke is heard on the right side of your stereo/headphones, the Count on the left.) Ellington’s elegance and unique voicings meet Basie’s rollicking, blues-based Kansas City swing, and it works gloriously. Continue reading “Duke Ellington And Count Basie – First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1961) [1999, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Duke Ellington – Supreme Jazz (2006) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Duke Ellington - Supreme Jazz (2006) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Duke Ellington – Supreme Jazz (2006) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 3.68 GB (ISO) + 3.20 GB (FLAC Mch) + 1.13 GB (FLAC Stereo) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Membran Music | Germany | Cat#: 223261 | Genre: Big Band

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Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Masterpieces By Ellington (1951) {2014, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Masterpieces By Ellington (1951) {2014, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Masterpieces By Ellington (1951) {2014, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Hybrid SACD | No Scans
Total Size: 2.29 GB (ISO) + 925 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Analogue Productions | US | Cat#: CAPJ 4418 SA | Genre: Swing, Big Band

Amazingly, it took Columbia Records until the very end of 1950, two years into the LP era and the transition from disc to magnetic tape recording, to get Duke Ellington and His Orchestra into the studio to cut a long-playing record. Continue reading “Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Masterpieces By Ellington (1951) {2014, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}”

Duke Ellington – Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown (1956) {2000, Japan, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Duke Ellington - Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown (1956) {2000, Japan, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Duke Ellington – Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown (1956) {2000, Japan, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.73 GB (ISO) + 754 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: SME Records | Japan | Cat#: SRGS-4547 | Genre: Swing

Even back in the early ’50s, Columbia Records took Duke Ellington seriously enough to place this album on its prestigious Masterworks label, heretofore reserved mostly for highbrow classical music and Broadway shows (later in the decade, though, it was retitled Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown and reissued on the pop series with an additional piece, “The Controversial Suite”). Continue reading “Duke Ellington – Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown (1956) {2000, Japan, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}”

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Anatomy Of A Murder (1959) {1995, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Anatomy Of A Murder (1959) {1995, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)
{1995, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}

Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 753 MB (Hi-Res) + 217 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | US | Cat#: MFSL 1-214 | Genre: Soundtrack, Big Band, Swing
Half-Speed Mastered

This was Duke Ellington’s first film score, undertaken at the urging of Anatomy of a Murder’s director, Otto Preminger. The full range of the composer’s previous work was brought to bear on this 1959 work. Ellington was a natural choice to convey the rich and varied emotional moods of this drama. Tension and release, danger and safety, movement and stillness, darkness and light; the textural palette that was Ellington’s signature was always compellingly cinematic. Continue reading “Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Anatomy Of A Murder (1959) {1995, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}”

Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins – Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (1963) [2010, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins - Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (1963) [2010, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins – Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (1963)
[2010, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 276 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.72 GB (SACD ISO) + 861 MB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Analogue Productions | US | Cat#: CIPJ 26 SA | Genre: Swing

This set documents a historic occasion. Although Coleman Hawkins had been an admirer of Duke Ellington’s music for at least 35 years at this point and Ellington had suggested they record together at least 20 years prior to their actual meeting in 1962, this was their first (and only) meeting on record. Although it would have been preferable to hear the great tenor performing with the full orchestra, his meeting with Ellington and an all-star group taken out of the big band does feature such greats as Ray Nance on cornet and violin, trombonist Lawrence Brown, altoist Johnny Hodges, and baritonist Harry Carney. Continue reading “Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins – Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (1963) [2010, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Rosemary Clooney And Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Blue Rose (1956) {1991, MFSL Remastered}

Rosemary Clooney And Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Blue Rose (1956) {1991, MFSL Remastered}

Rosemary Clooney And Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Blue Rose (1956) {1991, MFSL Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Photos Only
Total Size: 189 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL | USA | Cat#: MFCD 850 | Genre: Jazz

Rosemary Clooney may have seemed to be a surprising choice to be featured with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, but this collaboration is extremely successful in spite of the fact that Clooney was unable to join the band in the studio due to complications of a very difficult pregnancy. The solution was for the band to record the music (after Billy Strayhorn made the first of several trips to Los Angeles to consult with her). The results are stunning and not in the least bit canned, due to the professionalism of all parties involved and a stellar engineering of the separately recorded tracks. Continue reading “Rosemary Clooney And Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Blue Rose (1956) {1991, MFSL Remastered}”

Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges – Side By Side (1959) [2012, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges - Side By Side (1959) [2012, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges – Side By Side (1959) [2012, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Hybrid SACD | Back & Front Covers Included
Total Size: 1.85 GB (ISO) + 856 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Analogue Productions | USA | Cat#: CVRJ 6109 SA | Genre: Post Bop, Swing

Although it is billed as a Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges album, Side by Side is a 1959 album mostly under the leadership of Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington’s alto saxophonist for many years. Ellington only appears on three of this album’s tracks. Continue reading “Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges – Side By Side (1959) [2012, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”