Duke Ellington: Bring on the Stars
Episode date - August 13, 2021
As the ‘50s drew to a close, Ellington was still struggling to regain (or maintain) his relevance, even while his projects were consistently interesting, and often excellent.
In this show, we focus on two specific projects. The first is the album where he backed Ella Fitzgerald on a triple album dedicated to his own songbook. The second is his first extended full-LP release of “Black, Brown and Beige,” featuring Mahalia Jackson. Pairings rarely get more interested than these.
Featured tracks include:
I’m Just a Lucky So and So
Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald
The E and D Blues
Black, Brown and Beige, Part I
Black, Brown and Beige, Part IV (Come Sunday)
Black, Brown and Beige, Part V
Blues in Orbit (aka “Tender”)