Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is a jazz album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane recorded on September 26, 1962, and released in February 1963 on Impulse! Records.[4]

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1963 (1963-02)
RecordedSeptember 26, 1962
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
ProducerBob Thiele
Duke Ellington chronology
Money Jungle
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
John Coltrane chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]

It was one of Ellington's many collaborations in the early 1960s with musicians such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus, and placed him with a quartet (in this case, saxophone, piano, bass, and drums), rather than a big band.[5] The quartet was filled out by the bassist and drummer from either of their bands. The album featured Ellington standards (e.g., "In a Sentimental Mood"), new Ellington compositions, and a new Coltrane composition ("Big Nick").[6]

Coltrane said:

I was really honored to have the opportunity of working with Duke. It was a wonderful experience. He has set standards I haven't caught up with yet. I would have liked to have worked over all those numbers again, but then I guess the performances wouldn't have had the same spontaneity. And they mightn't have been any better![7]

Track listing

Side one
1."In a Sentimental Mood"4:14
2."Take the Coltrane"Ellington4:42
3."Big Nick"John Coltrane4:30
Side two
1."My Little Brown Book"Billy Strayhorn5:20
3."The Feeling of Jazz"5:34



  1. Allmusic review
  2. Milkowski, Bill (June 2013). "Money Jungle: 50 Years After the Summit" (pdf). Down Beat. p. 34. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  3. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 69. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. Billboard, February 9, 1963, p. 28.
  5. "Duke Ellington: 'Duke Ellington & John Coltrane'". NPR. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  6. "John Coltrane". WARR. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  7. Excerpt from the CD booklet
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