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The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time

Updated August 29, 2019 1.1k votes 165 voters 7.0k 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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    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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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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    Money Jungle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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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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    The Far East Suite is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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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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    ...and His Mother Called Him B is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time

    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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    Duke Ellington Meets Coleman H is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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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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  • 6
    Jazz Party is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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    Jazz Party

    Duke Ellington

    Release Date1959

    TracksU.M.M.G., Toot Suite, Fillie Trillie

    Length (mins)00:49:58

    Genres (Music)Swing music, Jazz, Big Band

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  • 7
    Ellington Uptown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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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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    Masterpieces by Ellington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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    Release Date1951

    TracksMood Indigo, The Tattooed Bride, Solitude

    LabelTristar Music

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    The Nutcracker Suite is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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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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  • 10
    Ella at Duke's Place is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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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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  • 11
    Such Sweet Thunder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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  • 12
    The Duke Plays Ellington: Pian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time

    Release Date1953

    TracksJanet, Melancholia, Prelude to a Kiss

    Length (mins)00:43:06

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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  • 13
    Indigos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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    Indigos

    Duke Ellington

    Release Date1958

    TracksTenderly, Mood Indigo, Willow Weep for Me

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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  • 14
    This One's for Blanton! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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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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  • 15
    Blues in Orbit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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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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  • 16
    First Time! The Count Meets th is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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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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  • 17
    The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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    Release Date1971

    TracksChinoiserie, Afrique, Gong

    Length (mins)00:38:02

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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  • 18
    Black, Brown and Beige; Harlem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time

    Release Date1958

    TracksPart I (Work Song), Part V (Come Sunday Interlude), Part VI (23rd Psalm)

    Length (mins)00:35:54

    Genres (Music)Swing music, Big Band

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  • 19
    Newport 1958 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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    New Orleans Suite is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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    New Orleans Suite

    Duke Ellington

    Release Date1970

    TracksThanks for the Beautiful Land on the Delta, Portrait of Sidney Bechet, Portrait of Wellman Braud

    Length (mins)00:40:57

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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  • 21
    Side by Side is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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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

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    Back to Back: Duke Ellington a is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time

    Release Date1959

    TracksRoyal Garden Blues, Weary Blues, Loveless Love

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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  • 23
    Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time

    Release Date1957

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

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    Afro-Bossa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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    Afro-Bossa

    Duke Ellington

    Release Date1963

    TracksCaliné (Silk Lace), Absinthe, Pyramid

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Flaming Youth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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