|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|1||Money Jungle||13||Audio||1987||Blue Note|
|2||Blues In Orbit||11||Audio||Philips|
|3||The Ellington Suites||18||Audio||1976||Pablo Records|
|4||Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins||9||Audio||1995|
|6||The Arrival Of Billy Strayhorn||20||Audio||Rockin' Chair|
|7||Duke Ellington - Django Reinhardt||12||Audio||1982||AMIGA|
|8||1952 - 1960||12||Audio||2003||Sony Music Media|
|9||Portrait||207||Audio||Past Perfect 24 Carat Gold Edition|
|10||The Duke At His Best||24||Audio||1999||Prism Leisure|
|11||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||7||Audio||1995||Impulse!|
|12||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||7||Audio||1988|
|13||20 Greatest Hits||20||Audio||Pentagon (3)|
|14||Ella Fitzgerald Sings Duke Ellington||4||Audio||1956||Verve Records|
|15||Play The Blues - Back To Back||7||Audio||1960||Verve Records|
|16||The Duke Ellington Collection - 20 Golden Greats||19||Audio||1984||Deja Vu|
|17||Clarinet Lament / Echoes Of Harlem||2||Audio||Columbia|
|18||Ellington At Newport 1956 (Complete)||40||Audio||1999|
|19||Duke Ellington's Concert Of Sacred Music||8||Audio||1966||RCA Victor|
|20||Second Sacred Concert||13||Audio||1968||America Records|
|21||Duke Ellington's Third Sacred Concert - The Majesty Of God||10||Audio||1975||RCA Victor|
|22||Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits||13||Audio||CBS|
|23||The Ellington Suites||18||Audio||1990|
|24||"...And His Mother Called Him Bill"||20||Audio||2001||BMG France|
|25||The Great London Concerts||14||Audio||1994||Jazz Heritage|
|26||Duke Ellington And The Small Groups||16||Audio||1987||Giants Of Jazz|
|27||Les Chefs-d'oeuvre De Duke Ellington||20||Audio||1993||Music Memoria|
|28||Dance Date Stereo 1958||8||Audio||Unique Jazz|
|29||This One's For Blanton||10||Audio||1994|
|30||"...And His Mother Called Him Bill"||16||Audio||1995|
|32||Harlem Air-Shaft / Sepia Panorama||2||Audio||La Voce Del Padrone|
|33||Back To Back: Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges Play The Blues||7||Audio||1963||His Master's Voice|
|34||Money Jungle||13||Audio||2000||Blue Note|
|35||Ken Burns Jazz: The Definitive Duke Ellington||21||Audio||2000-11-07||Legacy|
|36||Masterpieces 1926-1949||96||Audio||2001-07-16||Proper Records (2)|
|37||Piano Duets: Great Times!||12||Audio||1989-04-07|
|38||Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits||12||Audio||CBS|
|39||Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins||8||Audio||2007||Impulse!|
|40||Duke Ellington's Far East Suite||13||Audio||2000||BMG France|
|41||Mellowin': His Legendary Tunes||12||Audio||2007||Vintage (3)|
|42||The Duke Plays Ellington||12||Audio||1958||Capitol Records|
|43||It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing||11||Audio||1973||Philips|
|44||Duke Ellington & John Coltrane||7||Audio||1997||Impulse!|
|45||Duke's Big 4||7||Audio||1974||Pablo Records|
|46||In My Solitude||9||Audio||1969||Harmony (4)|
|47||Things Ain't What They Used To Be||10||Audio||1996||LaserLight Digital|
|48||The Quintessence . New York Chicago Hollywood 1926 - 1941||36||Audio||1994||Frémeaux & Associés|
|49||Second Sacred Concert||13||Audio||1974||Prestige|
|50||Blues Summit||16||Audio||1973||Verve Records|
American jazz band leader, and composer (born 29 April 1899 in Washington, District Of Columbia, USA - died 24 May 1974 in New York City, New York, USA).
"Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it." Duke Ellington.
Ellington was an outstanding composer. He wrote thousands of works, composing popular songs, art songs, a wide variety of instrumentals, suites, symphonic works, movie and TV scores, and music for ballet - all of a very high quality.
But to say merely that Ellington was a great composer ignores his achievement as a musician. Ellington is probably the only musician whose name has been associated with a particular style "Ellingtonia". This style does not imply a specific tempo or specific mood, but also a certain standard of quality. Whoever plays "Ellingtonia" must adhere to these standards. Many significant bands have attempted to copy his style.
For Jazz, Ellington was the first orchestra leader to substitute voices for instruments, he popularized the Baritone Sax when he engaged [a=Harry Carney], he influenced countless bands and dance orchestras.
Beginning with his "Jungle Band" to his "Famous Orchestra" which appeared at Carnegie Hall numerous times and even introduced several Jazz suite that Duke had composed, Ellington his the most successful and important orchestra leader in Jazz history. Success did not come easily taking him many years of devoted work to make a name for himself.
He began as a Ragtime pianist in his hometown of Washington. His first composition was "Soda Fountain Rag" which he never recorded. In 1922 he led a fairly successful band which featured [a=Sonny Greer] and [a=Otto Hardwick]. Several years later, when he opened at the New York Kentuky Club he succeeded in capture the public fancy. This was the first band to capture the now legendary Ellington sound which is clearly present in the number "The Creeper", recorded at the end of 1926.
On 12 April 1927, Duke & his orchestra began the engagement which was to make him world famous: Irvin Mills brought them to the Cotton Club, where they stayed five years. There he laid the Jungle, the Mood and other styles. From December 1926 to October 1930 the Ellington band spent at least 64 days in the studios of 14 recording companies, using 18 different pseudonyms for his band, they recorded about 170 titles.
He is also the father of [a=Mercer Ellington].