Label: RCA - PM 43697 • Series: Jazz Tribune - N° 28,Double Black & White • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Compilation, Mono • Country: France • Genre: Jazz • Style: Big Band, Swing
This is the discography of Duke Ellington. Most of these recordings are listed by the year they were recorded rather than year released. Reissues are listed for most of the recordings released before the s, as the original 78s are rare.
The US chart listing information should be considered tentative because sources like the Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories does not take the cheaper dime-store records into account.
During this period, records sold by song title, not by artist, although there are exceptions. Some labels, such as RCA Victor, Okeh and Brunswick, have collected Ellington's early recordings into box sets, while material from other labels is scattered.
The most comprehensive source for Ellington's early work are the Classics releases, although that series omits alternate takes, which may be found in other collections. The early s saw limited output due to the recording ban, but Ellington did make annual visits to Carnegie Hall, listed below.
The second half of the s, however, feature his famous "comeback" appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival, with Paul Gonsalves running through 27 choruses of "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue. He also wrote and recorded a number of suites, such as his religious "Sacred Concerts", the "Perfume Suite" and the "Latin American Suite.
Ellington remained active to the end of his life, recording three final major suites Ebony Rhapsody - Duke Ellington - The Indispensable Duke Ellington Volumes 3/4 the s, the "New Dante Fox - Under The Seven Skies Suite", his "Third Sacred Concert", the "Toga Brava Suite", and "The Afro—Eurasian Eclipse", his most explicit venture into what would be called "world music.
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