Duke Ellington

Black, Brown and Beige [RCA Box]

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BLACK, BROWN & BEIGE chronicles the Victor sides of Ellington's great 1940s ensemble after the death of bass innovator Jimmy Blanton, and the departure of such solo stars as trumpeter Cootie Williams, valve trombonist Juan Tizol, clarinetist Barney Bigard and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster. Included are key excerpts from his ambitious extended work, "Black, Brown & Beige," which premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1943, marking the beginning of an annual big band event for the Ellington Orchestra. Containing future classics like "Come Sunday," the work was greeted with enthusiastic public acceptance, but critics patronized the great composer, embittering him towards music journalists for the rest of his life.

BLACK, BROWN & BEIGE features such Ellington classics as "Things Ain't What They Used To Be," "Transblucency" and "Midriff" (the latter a contribution by the great composer-arranger Billy Strayhorn, who by this time was functioning very much as Ellington's alter ego).

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:47
2 3:02
3 2:59
4 2:42
5 2:54
6 3:04
7 3:04
8 2:45
9 3:02
10 3:06
11 3:11
12 2:17
13 2:59
14 3:06
15 2:47
16 2:46
17 3:11
18 2:55
19 2:44
20 2:47
21 2:47
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