Duke Ellington – Blues In Orbit (200g LP)

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Label: Analogue Productions – AAPJ 056 – 200 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue – Audiophile Mastered by Bernie Grundman
Limited Edition – Pressed at QRP – Columbia CS 8241
This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes
Gatefold old-school “tip-on” on jacket by Stoughton Printing
It’s tempting for Blues in Orbit to be overlooked when Duke Ellington’s best albums are discussed, but truly it’s an undisputed gem. There are 11 tracks, none of them is longer than 4:50 and it is all good stuff. There are some familiar favorites such as “In a Mellotone” and “C Jam Blues” as well as less often heard gems like “Blues in Blueprint and “Sweet and Pungent.” It is also in stereo, and the arrangements are superb.
The featured performers include Ellington stalwarts Johnnie Hodges, Ray Nance, Harry Carney and Jimmy Hamilton, as well as the less familiar Booty Wood and Matthew Gee. Johnnie, in particular is well showcased here, taking the lead not only in slow pieces like “Brown Penny” and “Sentimental Lady”, but also in the rousing, “Smada.”
The full Analogue Productions reissue treatment is at work on this smashing LP – famed mastering engineer Bernie Grundman handled the remastering from the original analog tapes. The lacquers were plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings, maker of the world’s finest-sounding LPs. Lastly we’ve stashed each super-silent 200-gram disc in a premium Stoughton Printing gatefold jacket.
All of the takes were recorded during after midnight sessions recorded over two nights starting on December 2, 1959 in New York at Columbia Records’ studio on East 30th Street. Each night Duke’s late dinner arrived at 2 a.m. – a sizzling steak, a pot of coffee with lemons in it, portions of American cheese, and grapefruits. After dinner, and a breather for the band, the sessions finished around dawn in a swinging fashion.
If you’re just getting into jazz, this album is highly recommended as a great way to initiate your collection. The sound is incredible, with packaging to match. Another audiophile home run.

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A1Three J's BluesSaxophone – Jimmy Hamilton
A2SmadaSaxophone – Johnny HodgesTrumpet – Ray Nance
A3Pie Eye's BluesSaxophone – Jimmy HamiltonTrumpet – Ray Nance
A4Sweet And PungentClarinet – Jimmy HamiltonTrombone – Booty Wood
A5C Jam BluesClarinet – Jimmy HamiltonSaxophone – Paul Gonzalves*Trombone – Booty Wood, Mathew Gee Jr.*Violin – Ray Nance
B1In A Mellow ToneSaxophone – Harry CarneyTrumpet – Ray Nance
B2Blues In BlueprintBass – Jimmy WoodeClarinet – Harry CarneyTrumpet – Ray Nance
B3The Swingers Get The Blues TooHorn – Mathew Gee Jr.*Saxophone – Johnny HodgesTrumpet – Ray Nance
B4The Swingers' JumpClarinet – Jimmy HamiltonSaxophone – Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny HodgesTrombone – Booty WoodTrumpet – Ray Nance
B5Blues In Orbit
B6Villes Ville Is The Place, ManSaxophone – Harry Carney, Johnny HodgesTrumpet – Ray Nance
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