The Suites, New York 1968 & 1970

The Suites, New York 1968 & 1970 is volume five of The Private Collection, a series of compilation albums by Duke Ellington from his archive of unreleased music. The album includes "The Degas Suite", an unreleased soundtrack for an unfinished film consisting of paintings of horse races.[1]

The Suites, New York 1968 & 1970
Compilation album by
RecordedNovember 6, 1968 – June 15, 1970
GenreJazz, swing
ProducerDuke Ellington
Duke Ellington chronology
Orchestral Works
The Suites, New York 1968 & 1970
The Intimacy of the Blues

Also included is "The River", which was composed to accompany a ballet by Alvin Ailey that premiered on June 25, 1970 at New York State Theater in Lincoln Center.[2]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow gave the album four stars and stated, "Ellington is mostly the lead voice but his star sidemen are heard from on these formerly very rare and somewhat unusual performances. Clearly his genius was strong enough to fill three lifetimes full of new music and this CD contains some melodies that might have been more significant if he had lived long enough to find a place for them."[3]

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Track listing

All tracks are written by Duke Ellington.

1."The Degas Suite: Introduction-Opening Titles/Race/Racing/Piano Pastel/Improvisation - Marcia Regina/Piano Pastel/Daily Double/Drawings/Promenade/Sonnet/Race"27:24
2."The River: The Spring/The Run/The Meander/The Giggling Rapids/The Lake/The Falls/The Whirlpool/The River/The Neo-Hip-Hot Kiddies Communities/The Village of the Virgins/Her Majesty the Sea/The Spring"47:40
  • Recorded at National Recording Studio, New York on November 6, 1968 (tracks 1.1-1.11), November 23, 1968 (track 1.1), December 3, 1968 (track 1.7), at Universal Studios, Chicago on May 25, 1970 (tracks 2.1-2.5 & 2.12), at National Recording Studio, New York on June 3, 1970 (tracks 2.7-2.10), June 8, 1970 (track 2.6) and June 15, 1970 (track 2.11).



  1. "Picks and Pans Review: The Private Collection". 14 November 1989. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  2. Slome, Stanley. "The River". Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  3. Yanow, Scott. "The Private Collection, Vol. 5: The Suites, New York, 1968 & 1970". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
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