The Great Duke Ellington

In 1960, Duke Ellington released an album titled “The Nutcracker Suite,” featuring his interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s, The Nutcracker. The album was re-released on CD in 1990 as “Three Suites.” The re-release featured the original piece along with Ellington’s reworking of Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite” and “Suite Thursday,” his tribute to John Steinbeck.

If you have not had the chance to listen to Three Suites in its entirety, you can find it here. You can purchase Three Suites as a CD from amazon.com – or as a digital download at either amazon or iTunes. In my opinion, it deserves to be listened to off the CD (or even better, vinyl). The compressed mp3 files do not do it justice (but then that’s true for just about any piece of great music).

In the meantime, here’s the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra performing Ellington’s  Danse Of The Floreadores.

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