Black, Brown and Beige

Black, Brown and Beige

by Duke Ellington

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Duke Ellington originally wrote the 50-minute Black, Brown and Beige in 1943 for a Carnegie Hall concert, where critics dismissed it as overreaching for a jazz composer. Over the next 15 years, he periodically resurrected it for performances of excerpts or, as in the case of his 1958 Columbia album, transmuting it into what was essentially a new work. Columbia's Black, Brown and Beige was one of the most extraordinary products of Ellington's second stay with the label, growing out of his 1956 Newport triumph, and it was received somewhat more readily than the original 1943 "Black, Brown and Beige." The main problem for those who knew the piece and its history lay in the absence of Johnny Hodges, who was hardly ever with the Ellington band during 1958, and on whose talents "Come Sunday," the centerpiece of the original work and even more the core of the revamped Black, Brown and Beige, was built. Instead, Mahalia Jackson sings a version of "Come Sunday" that is, if anything, equally affecting, backed by the orchestra led by Ray Nance's violin. The result on the original album was a piece that started off in big band-style blues and led to one of Ellington's most moving, wrenching pieces of work, and music that, had it been better known, might also have done more to raise people's consciousness about Civil Rights than 100 folk songs of the period.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2009
Label: Essential Jazz Class
UPC: 8436028694303
catalogNumber: 55430
Rank: 37371

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Narrator
Mahalia Jackson   Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Mercer Ellington   French Horn
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin
Shorty Baker   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Sonny Greer   Drums
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Marshall   Bass
John Sanders   Valve Trombone
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Nelson Williams   Trumpet
Yvonne Lanauze   Vocals
Andres Merenghito   Trumpet
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Irving Mills   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Irving Townsend   Liner Notes
Richard Pete   Liner Notes

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