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The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time

Updated August 29, 2019 1.9k votes 182 voters 7.9k views

List RulesThis list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Duke Ellington is one of the best jazz artists of all time. List of the best Duke Ellington albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Duke Ellington discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Duke Ellington albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Duke Ellington singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Duke Ellington album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Duke Ellington album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Duke Ellington album of all time?" or "What are the top Duke Ellington albums?" then this list will answer your questions. List is made up of many different albums, including Ella at Duke's Place and The Complete Porgy and Bess.

This list of popular Duke Ellington CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. Use this factual list to build a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion.
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    Ellington Uptown

    Duke Ellington

    Release Date1952

    TracksTake the "A" Train, The Mooche, A Tone Parallel to Harlem (The Harlem Suite)

    Length (mins)00:43:39

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

    Duke Ellington, John Coltrane

    Release Date1963

    ProducerBob Thiele

    TracksTake the Coltrane, Stevie, Big Nick

    Length (mins)00:35:10

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Indigos

    Duke Ellington

    Release Date1958

    TracksTenderly, Mood Indigo, Willow Weep for Me

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Money Jungle

    Duke Ellington, Max Roach

    Release Date1962

    TracksFleurette Africaine, Money Jungle, Solitude

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Post-bop

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    Release Date1967

    TracksU.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group), Smada, The Intimacy of the Blues

    Length (mins)01:01:25

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    The Far East Suite

    Duke Ellington

    Release Date1967

    TracksTourist Point of View, Amad, Depk

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Swing music, Big Band

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    First Time! The Count Meets the Duke

    Count Basie, Duke Ellington

    Release Date1961

    Tracks[silence], Until I Met You, Wild Man (Wild Man Moore)

    Length (mins)00:39:43

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins

    Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins

    Release Date1963

    TracksSelf Portrait (of the Bean), Mood Indigo, You Dirty Dog

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    The Nutcracker Suite

    Duke Ellington

    Release Date1960

    TracksDanse of the Floreadores (Waltz of the Flowers), Entr'Acte, Overture

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Ellington Indigos

    Mel Tormé, Duke Ellington

    Release Date1958

    TracksPrelude to a Kiss, Night and Day, The Sky Fell Down

    LabelJazz Beat

    Genres (Music)Vocal jazz, Traditional pop music, Swing music, Ballad, Show tune

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    Release Date1957

    TracksSophisticated Lady, I Ain't Got Nothing but the Blues, I Didn't Know About You

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    Francis A. & Edward K.

    Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington

    Release Date1968

    TracksIndian Summer, Poor Butterfly, Yellow Days

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Vocal jazz, Traditional pop music

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    Release Date1953

    TracksJanet, Melancholia, Prelude to a Kiss

    Length (mins)00:43:06

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Release Date1971

    TracksChinoiserie, Afrique, Gong

    Length (mins)00:38:02

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Ella at Duke's Place

    Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald

    Release Date1965

    TracksBrownskin Gal, Imagine My Frustration, What Am I Here For

    Length (mins)00:47:10

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Release Date1951

    TracksMood Indigo, The Tattooed Bride, Solitude

    LabelTristar Music

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Release Date1948

    TracksLiberian Suite: Dance No. 3, Liberian Suite: Dance No. 5, Liberian Suite: Dance No. 1

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    This One's for Blanton!

    Ray Brown, Duke Ellington

    Release Date1994

    TracksPitter Panther Patter, Fragmented Suite for Piano and Bass: Second Movement, See See Rider

    Length (mins)00:39:35

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Blues in Orbit

    Duke Ellington

    Release Date1960

    TracksThree J's Blues, The Swingers Get the Blues, Too

    Length (mins)00:45:38

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Afro-Bossa

    Duke Ellington

    Release Date1963

    TracksCaliné (Silk Lace), Absinthe, Pyramid

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Side by Side

    Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges

    Release Date1959

    TracksYou Need to Rock, Let's Fall in Love, Stompy Jones

    Genres (Music)Jazz