Duke Ellington & John Coltrane: In a Sentimental mood


In a Sentimental Mood


Duke Ellington (piano) and John Coltrane (tenor sax)


Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (Impulse 166)

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Duke Ellington (piano), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Aaron Bell (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by Duke Ellington


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 26, 1962


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

The early 1960s was a controversial time for John Coltrane as fans and critics tried to keep up with his evolving music. In response to negative criticism, Impulse producer Bob Thiele decided to feature Coltrane on several albums in a more accessible setting. Paired with Duke Ellington, the result was an extraordinary meeting of musical minds. From the very first note, Ellington sets the pensive mood as Coltrane flexes his melodic muscle, morphing the Ellington melody into something uniquely his own. Ellington's solo fits together like a beautifully constructed puzzle, while the overall performance captures the song title perfectly.

Reviewer: Darren Mueller

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  • 1 Unique1 // Jun 11, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    Duke Ellington is the best ever. Everyone should really listen to this album. John Coltrane just gives added flare to an already fabuloso piece of work.