Genre: Jazz
Label: Pure Pleasure
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


Duke Ellington and His Orchestra featuring Mahalia Jackson Black, Brown And Beige 180g 2LP (Mono)

Duke Ellington featuring Mahalia Jackson

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Limited Edition 180g Audiophile Vinyl Double LP Features Guest Artist Mahalia Jackson!
Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!

Duke Ellington and his orchestra are joined by gospel singer Mahalia Jackson for this jazz masterpiece.

"Black, Brown, & Beige is Duke Ellington's musical representation of the African American experience in the United States. It is arguably The Maestro's greatest work. The triumph of telling so important a story so well through music alone makes Duke Ellington's Black, Brown, & Beige a masterpiece. Black, Brown, & Beige also displays Duke's, and Jazz's, highest achievement in long form. Whether you perceive it as a three movement symphony or accept Ellington's own personalized terminology "Tone Parallel," Black, Brown, & Beige matches conceptually and in artistic content the musical continuity of Western Classical's greatest names in their lengthiest works.

"The history of Black, Brown, & Beige is in its own right momentous. Ellington premiered the work at Carnegie Hall on January 23, 1943, at Duke's first performance on that illustrious stage.

"The Maestro has created the Come Sunday Suite. Duke Ellington basically reduced his three movement work to its first, "Black," elevating that movement's spiritual theme, "Come Sunday," making it the melody of the edited work. Truncating the symphony Black, Brown, & Beige into the song "Come Sunday" works because Duke Ellington has expanded "Come Sunday" through numerous theme and variations unknown to the original. The piece de resistance: a sacred text, by Duke himself, a text sung by the best known African-American religious singer in history, Mahalia Jackson. There is no doubt that it is the presence and performance of Mahalia Jackson which secures a home in the pantheon for this recasting of Black, Brown, & Beige, a work that already resided there.

"And Duke Ellington pulled off this coup with one hand tied behind his back, or without the services of his right hand man. Overlooked over the years since the album Black, Brown, & Beige was recorded in February 1958 is the absence of Johnny Hodges (Hodges did a gig with Strayhorn in Florida during this period), the Ellington band's premier soloist…"
—Phil Schaap January 1999

• Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Mono
• Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering
• Sides C & D released on vinyl for the first time with this issue
• Made in the UK
• Gatefold Jacket

Duke Ellington, piano
Cat Anderson, trumpet
Harold Baker, trumpet
Clark Terry, trumpet
Ray Nance, trumpet, violin
Quentin Jackson, trumpet, violin
John Sanders, trumpet, violin
Britt Woodman, trombone
Harry Carney, baritone saxophone
Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone
Bill Graham, alto saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet
Russell Procope, clarinet, alto saxophone
Jimmy Woode, bass
Sam Woodyard, drums
Mahalia Jackson, vocals

Side A:

1. Part 1
2. Part 11
3. Part 111 (aka Light)
Side B:
1. Part 1V (aka Come Sunday)
2. Part V (aka Come Sunday)
3. Part V1 (23rd Psalm)

*Side C:
1. Track 360 (aka Trains)(alt. take)
2. Blues In Orbit (aka Tender)(alt. take)
3. Part 1 (alt. take)
4. Part 11 (alt. take)
5. Part 111 (aka Light) (alt. take)

*Side D:
1. Part 1V (aka Come Sunday)(alt. take)
2. Part V (aka Come Sunday)(alt. take)
3. Part V1 (23rd Psalm)(alt. take)
4. Studio Conversation (Mahalia swears)
5. Come Sunday (a capella)

**Sides C & D released on vinyl for the first time with this issue

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