The Symphonic Ellington

The Symphonic Ellington is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded and released on the Reprise label in 1963.[1] The album features recordings of Ellington's orchestra with the Paris Symphony Orchestra, the Stockholm Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and the La Scala Symphony Orchestra.

The Symphonic Ellington
Studio album by
RecordedJanuary 31, February 8, 14 & 21, 1963
Duke Ellington chronology
The Great Paris Concert
The Symphonic Ellington
Duke Ellington's Jazz Violin Session


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars and stated "With most of his all-star soloists heard from in this program and a complete avoidance of trying to make his music sound so-called "respectable" or self-consciously third stream, Ellington's arrangements keep the strings from weighing down the proceedings and the music is actually quite successful".[2]

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Track listing

All music is composed by Duke Ellington.

1."Night Creature 1st Movement: Blind Bug"4:10
2."Night Creature 2nd Movement: Stalking Monster"7:51
3."Night Creature 3rd Movement: Dazzling Creature"4:01
4."Non-Violent Integration"5:27
5."La Scala, She Too Pretty to Be Blue"6:14

Recorded at Salle Wagram, Paris on January 31, 1963 (tracks 3 & 6), at Solna-Sundbyberg, Sweden on February 8, 1963 (tracks 1 & 2), at Hamburg, Germany on February 14, 1963 (track 4) and at Studio Zanibelli, Milan, Italy on February 21, 1963 (track 5).



  1. A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed May 10, 2010
  2. Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 10, 2010
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