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Blues In Orbit captures the essence of a late-night recording date that was as much a loose jam as a formal studio date, balancing the spontaneity of the former and the technical polish of the latter.
Ellington and company were just back from a European tour when the bulk of this album was recorded. All of the takes were recorded during after midnight sessions recorded over two nights starting on December 2, 1959 in New York at Columbia Record's 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.
Arrangements that had to be hastily written out when the copyist failed to appear for the gig. So on the one hand, the band was kicking back with these shorter pieces; on the other, the group was also improvising freely and intensely at various points. The title track, recorded more than a year before most of the rest, is a slow blues that puts Ellington's piano into a call-and-response setting with the horns, with Ellington getting in the last word.
If you're just getting into jazz, this album is highly recommended as a great way to initiate your collection.
|1. Three J's Blues|
|3. Pie Eye's Blues|
|4. Sweet & Pungent|
|5. C Jam Blues|
|6. In a Mellow Tone|
|7. Blues In Blueprint|
|8. The Swingers Get the Blues, Too|
|9. The Swinger's Jump|
|10. Blues In Orbit|
|11. Villes Ville Is the Place, Man|
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