Black, Brown and Beige

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Blue Engine Records

“It sits alone in the history of jazz,” Wynton Marsalis says of Duke Ellington’s groundbreaking masterpiece Black, Brown and Beige. Since its 1943 debut at Carnegie Hall, the piece—a sprawling survey of African American history—has been heralded as one of the most significant compositions in American orchestral music. Now, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is releasing a definitive, present-day recording of Black, Brown and Beige that conveys all the nuances and emotion of Ellington’s grandest work.

Captured during a live, Rose Theater performance in 2018, Black, Brown and Beige is Marsalis’s first recording of the work and Blue Engine’s first release dedicated entirely to Ellington. As Marsalis explains, the piece “covers a mosaic of not just Afro-American but of American styles of music,” and the expert musicians of the JLCO—not to mention special guests Brianna Thomas (vocals) and Eli Bishop (violin)—are perfectly equipped to tackle its stirring stylistic breadth. The JLCO’s spirited take on Ellington’s epic work not only pays tribute to some of the maestro’s most personal work but adds another important chapter to its enduring legacy.

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I. Black

1. Work Song

2. Come Sunday

3. Light

II. Brown

4. West Indian Dance

5. Emancipation Celebration

6. Blues Theme Mauve

III. Beige

7. Various Themes

8. Sugar Hill Penthouse

9. Finale




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May 2020
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