Photo:
Music
185 voters

The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time

Updated August 29, 2019 1.9k votes 185 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.
...more
  • 1
    Duke Ellington
    49
    19

    Release Date1952

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

    Length (mins)00:43:39

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 2
    Duke Ellington, John Coltrane
    32
    7

    Release Date1963

    ProducerBob Thiele

    TracksTake the Coltrane, Stevie, Big Nick

    Length (mins)00:35:10

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 3
    Duke Ellington
    37
    15

    Release Date1958

    TracksTenderly, Mood Indigo, Willow Weep for Me

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 4

    Release Date1967

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

    Length (mins)01:01:25

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 5
    Duke Ellington, Max Roach
    36
    18

    Release Date1962

    TracksFleurette Africaine, Money Jungle, Solitude

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Post-bop

    Amazon buy button
  • 6
    Duke Ellington
    26
    7

    Release Date1967

    TracksTourist Point of View, Amad, Depk

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Swing music, Big Band

    Amazon buy button
  • 7
    Count Basie, Duke Ellington
    23
    5

    Release Date1961

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

    Length (mins)00:39:43

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 8
    Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins
    22
    7

    Release Date1963

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

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 9

    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

    Amazon buy button
  • 10
    Duke Ellington
    17
    7

    Release Date1960

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

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 11
    17
    8

    Release Date1957

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

    Amazon buy button
  • 12
    Amazon buy button
  • 13
    Mel Tormé, Duke Ellington
    19
    10

    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

    Amazon buy button
  • 14
    Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington
    13
    7

    Release Date1968

    TracksIndian Summer, Poor Butterfly, Yellow Days

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

    Amazon buy button
  • 15
    Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald
    18
    16

    Release Date1965

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

    Length (mins)00:47:10

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 16

    Release Date1953

    TracksJanet, Melancholia, Prelude to a Kiss

    Length (mins)00:43:06

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 17
    10
    6

    Release Date1971

    TracksChinoiserie, Afrique, Gong

    Length (mins)00:38:02

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 18
    22
    24

    Release Date1951

    TracksMood Indigo, The Tattooed Bride, Solitude

    LabelTristar Music

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 19
    Duke Ellington
    17
    18

    Release Date1960

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

    Length (mins)00:45:38

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 20
    Amazon buy button
  • 21

    Release Date1948

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

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 22
    Ray Brown, Duke Ellington
    14
    16

    Release Date1994

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

    Length (mins)00:39:35

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 23
    Amazon buy button
  • 24
    Duke Ellington
    7
    7

    Release Date1963

    TracksCaliné (Silk Lace), Absinthe, Pyramid

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Amazon buy button
  • 25
    Amazon buy button