Ellington Uptown

Duke Ellington - Ellington Uptown
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The History of Music #7

Longest elevator ride of my life.

Yeah, I really can’t wrap my head around this. There’s plenty cool moments, but as a whole It just doesn’t click. That seems to be the case with the tracks individually, and the full record. It’s not bad at all, I just guess it’s not for me. I truly don’t see me coming back to this, and I had to hear It several times before forming an opinion, rating and reviewing It.

I prefer “Masterpieces by ... read more


Look, despite being in my middle school jazz band all throughout 8th grade (and even playing Duke Ellington songs often), I almost never listen to jazz music. I don't know why, maybe it's because I associate jazz with school, but jazz has been the one genre that I at one point in my life enjoyed that I never returned to. But this, god damn this album is bangin.

The drum solo on the opening track, the trumpet on second song, everything melds together to create this amazing, fun, and extremely ... read more


Regardless of what his previous release, 'Masterpieces by Ellington' might lead you to believe. 'Ellington Uptown' is Duke Ellington's magnum-opus. This album is full to the brim with incredibly dense, powerful and intricate compositions that include quite a number of memorable moments like Louis Bellson's intense drum solo on 'Skin Deep' or the uneasy atmosphere of 'The Mooche'. An absolute must-listen for any fan of jazz, particularly swing and big band

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Track List

  1. Skin Deep (feat. Louie Bellson)
  2. The Mooche
  3. Take the "A" Train
  4. A Tone Parallel to Harlem (The Harlem Suite)
  5. Perdido
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Added on: March 31, 2015