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Black, Brown and Beige ()


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 ...

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  1. Part 1
  2. Part 2
  3. Part 3 (aka Light)
  4. Part 4 (aka Come Sunday)
  5. Part 5 (aka Come Sunday Interlude)
  6. Part 6 (23rd Psalm)
  7. Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald
  8. Mood Indigo
  9. Sophisticated Lady
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