The Symphonic Ellington (Podcast #18-008)

Borrowing the title of a 1963 album to survey a few of Ellington’s recordings with symphony orchestras.
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The recordings heard on this podcast episode:


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The Mooche (CD: “Duke Ellington – Live and Rare” Bluebird RCA 09026639532)

Recorded 28 July 1965 in Tanglewood, MA

Duke Ellington – piano; John Lamb – bass; Louie Bellson – drums; The Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Arthur Fiedler.



New World A-Comin’ (LP: “Duke Ellington, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra” Decca DL 710176)

Recorded 28 May 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio (In the podcast, I erroneously stated the date was 1966)

Duke Ellington – piano; The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel



Night Creature (3 Movements) (CD: “The Reprise Studio Recordings” Mosaic Records #193)

Recorded 31 January 1963, Paris

Cootie Williams, Roy Burrowes, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors – trombone; Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Ernie Shepard – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums; Paris Symphony Orchestra.