Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Masterpieces by Ellington (1950)

Masterpieces by Ellington

Track list:

01. Mood Indigo
02. Sophisticated Lady
03. The Tattooed Bride
04. Solitude

Bonus tracks on CD reissue [*]
05. Vagabonds [*]
06. Smada [*]
07. Rock Skippin’ at the Blue Note [*]


Duke Ellington and His Orchestra:
Piano: Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn
Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn – piano
Trumpet: Cat Anderson (1-4,6,7), Shorty Baker, Mercer Ellington (1-4), Fats Ford (1-4), Ray Nance, Nelson Williams
Trombone: Lawrence Brown (1-4), Tyree Glenn (1-4), Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman (5-7)
Clarinet: Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope
Bass Clarinet: Harry Carney (2)
Alto Sax: Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges (1-4), Willie Smith (5-7)
Tenor Sax: Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Hamilton
Baritone Sax: Harry Carney
Bass: Wendell Marshall
Drums: Sonny Greer (1-4), Louis Bellson (5-7)
Vocalist: Yvonne Lanauze

01. Mood Indigo
Soloists: Procope (clarinet), Hodges, Strayhorn, Gonsalves, Lanauze, Glenn, Baker, Strayhorn, Ellington, Procope

02. Sophisticated Lady
Soloists: Carney (bass clarinet), Baker, Lanauze, Strayhorn, Hamilton, Brown

03. The Tattooed Bride
Soloists: Ellington, Hamilton, Brown, Hamilton, Baker, Hamilton

04. Solitude
Soloists: Carney, Strayhorn, Gonsalves, Nance, Hamilton, Brown

Released: 1951 | Label: Columbia Masterworks – ML 4418
Released: 1956 | Label: Columbia CL 825


Recorded: in New York
#01-04: December 19, 1950
#05: December 11, 1951
#06,07: August 7, 1951


Liner Notes: GBD




The original 1951 release under the “Columbia Masterworks” banner featured a red cover which was replaced by the more modern blue cover in 1956.
The album was re-released on CD in 2004 with additional bonus tracks recorded at later sessions.


Recorded in New York on December 18, 1950 these four tracks were Ellington’s first LP in the 12″ format, issued on Columbia’s Masterworks imprint, and it is among the earliest such LPs released by Columbia (1951).
Containing three proven compositions, the fourth (The Tattooed Bride) was first played in 1948 in concert, and recorded in a studio session only now.
The LP was reissued by Columbia in 1956 (CL 825) with a different, blue sleeve design, and keeping this design again in 1973 in Columbia Special Products’ Collectors’ Series (JCL 825).