The Duke Plays Ellington is an album that was released in 1953 via Capitol Records.
"At the time of its release this was a true rarity, a full album of Duke Ellington featured with a trio sans his orchestra. Although his talents at the piano sometimes have been overshadowed by his many accomplishments as a composer, arranger, and bandleader, Ellington was actually one of the very few stride pianists (along with Mary Lou Williams) to effectively make the transition into more modern styles of jazz without losing his own musical personality; in fact Duke was an early influence on both Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor. Throughout this (album)..., Ellington sounds modern (especially rhythmically and in his chord voicings) and shows that he could have made a viable career out of just being a pianist." - allmusic.com
Now reissued on vinyl in celebration of Capitol Records' 75th anniversary.
1. In A Sentimental Mood
2. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
3. Reflections In D
4. Who Knows?
6. All Too Soon
1. Prelude To A Kiss
2. B Sharp Blues
3. Passion Flower
6. Dancers In Love