Essence of Ellington

Essence of Ellington (subtitled Live in Milano) is a double live album by bassist and composer William Parker's Orchestra, which was recorded in Italy in 2012 and released on the Centering label.[1][2]

Essence of Ellington
Live album by
William Parker Orchestra
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2012
RecordedFebruary 5, 2012 at the Teatro Manzoni in Milano, Italy
ProducerWilliam Parker
William Parker chronology
The Gowanus Session
Essence of Ellington
Wood Flute Songs


Professional ratings
Review scores

AllMusic awarded the album 4 stars.[3] The All About Jazz review noted "Parker has delivered a unique take on the Ellington repertoire which pulls off the trick of being both stridently modern and affectionately reverent".[4] JazzTimes noted "You know that an orchestra organized by William Parker to pay tribute to Duke Ellington is going to result in something sprawling and stupendous, and Essence of Ellington doesn’t disappoint".[5]

Track listing

All compositions by William Parker except as indicated

Disc One:

  1. Introduction by William Parker - 3:12
  2. "Portrait of Louisiana" - 20:15
  3. "Essence of Sophisticated Lady / Sophisticated Lady" (Parker / Duke Ellington) - 26:38
  4. "Take the Coltrane" (Ellington) - 21:09

Disc Two:

  1. "In a Sentimental Mood" (Ellington) - 7:28
  2. "Take the "A" Train / Ebony Interlude" (Billy Strayhorn / Parker) - 16:35
  3. "Caravan" (Juan Tizol) - 23:16
  4. "The Essence of Ellington" - 14:13



  1. Lopez, R., William Parker discography, accessed June 6, 2014
  2. AUM Fidelity catalog, accessed June 6, 2014
  3. Allmusic listing, accessed June 6, 2014
  4. Sharpe, J., All About Jazz Review, October 22, 2012
  5. Robson, B., JazzTimes Review, December 2012
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