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Editors’ Notes

Prior to Newport, Duke Ellington's band had been in a creative and commercial downturn—so there was little buildup to this set. Now part of jazz lore, it’s immortalized for the riot-inducing 27-chorus solo by tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves on “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue” (where Ellington can be heard urging him on as the crowd erupts) and several other tracks that fed off the crowd’s energy, particularly “Skin Deep” and a stompin’ “Jeep’s Blues.” It's the recording that made Ellington the beloved elder statesman we know him as today.

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Ellington Newport 1956

Of all of Ellington's great recordings this is my all-time fav: Duke at his articulate peak, with his greatest group of brilliant musicians.


Born: April 29, 1899 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years. The two aspects of his career were related; Ellington used his band as a musical laboratory for his new compositions and shaped his writing specifically to showcase the talents of his bandmembers, many of whom remained with him for long periods. Ellington also wrote film scores and stage musicals, and several of his instrumental works...
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