Friday, August 2, 2019

ELLINGTON UPTOWN


I am normally a rock fan, especially garage rock from the 60's and the post punk world of the late 70's and early 80's.   But here's a jem of a jazz LP I picked up at a thrift store.




Duke Ellington's "Ellington Uptown" LP on Columbia .  The copy I have is a 1953 pressing of a 1951 album.  It includes and extended version of "Take The A Train" and the 13 minute masterpiece "A Tone Parallel To Harlem" (The Harlem Suite).   Just a couple years earlier, long versions of songs were straight up impossible with a 12"  78rpm record holding a max of a bit over 5 minutes per side.  Long songs are not the same when you have to go and flip over the record for part 2...

Here's The Harlem Suite..



What makes this a particularly cool find is that it was in Near Mint condition sitting in a Goodwill store.  Most records at thrift stores are usually thrashed.  Hell, most records at thrift stores are awful AND worn out.  Who wants a worn out Mac Davis album..



For a dollar, this is well worth it.  A copy this clean goes for about $25 or so


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