Black, Brown and Beige
Black, Brown and Beige

Duke Ellington

Black, Brown and Beige

1958

Big Band

Duke Ellington originally wrote the 50-minute Black, Brown and Beige in 1943 for a Carnegie Hall concert, where critics dismissed it as overreaching for a jazz composer. Over the next 15 years, he periodically resurrected it for performances of excerpts or, as in the case of his 1958 Columbia album, transmuting it into what was essentially a new work.

- Bruce Eder

Satiate
Satiate

Avail

Satiate

February 4, 1994

Alternative Pop/Rock

A tight, aggressive collection of hardcore-tinged punk tunes, Satiate captures Avail at their prime. Thanks to a bare-bones production and subtle -- though not indulgent -- shifts from the standard four-chord punk anthems, tracks such as "March" and "Pinned Up" sound nearly as good as they do during the group's infamous live shows.

- Brian Raftery