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The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time 

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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.

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Money Jungle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington and Max Roach (1962); Tracks: Fleurette Africaine, Money Jungle & Solitude

Genres (Music): Jazz, Post-bop

2
Duke Ellington & Joh... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington and John Coltrane (1963); Tracks: Take the Coltrane, Stevie & Big Nick

Producer: Bob Thiele

Length (mins): 00:35:10

Genres (Music): Jazz

3
...and His Mother Called... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington (1967); Tracks: U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group), Smada & The Intimacy of the Blues

Length (mins): 01:01:25

Genres (Music): Jazz

4
The Far East Suite is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington (1967); Tracks: Tourist Point of View, Amad & Depk

Genres (Music): Jazz, Swing music, Big Band

5
Duke Ellington Meets Col... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins (1963); Tracks: Self Portrait (of the Bean), Mood Indigo & You Dirty Dog

Genres (Music): Jazz

6
Masterpieces by Ellingto... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington (1951); Tracks: Mood Indigo, The Tattooed Bride & Solitude

Label: Tristar Music

Genres (Music): Jazz

7
Ellington Uptown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington (1952); Tracks: Take the "A" Train, The Mooche & A Tone Parallel to Harlem (The Harlem Suite)

Length (mins): 00:43:39

Genres (Music): Jazz

8
Such Sweet Thunder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
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Blues in Orbit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington (1960); Tracks: Three J's Blues, The Swingers Get the Blues & Too

Length (mins): 00:45:38

Genres (Music): Jazz

10
Indigos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington (1958); Tracks: Tenderly, Mood Indigo & Willow Weep for Me

Genres (Music): Jazz

11
First Time! The Count Me... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Count Basie and Duke Ellington (1961); Tracks: [silence], Until I Met You & Wild Man (Wild Man Moore)

Length (mins): 00:39:43

Genres (Music): Jazz

12
Side by Side is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges (1959); Tracks: You Need to Rock, Let's Fall in Love & Stompy Jones

Genres (Music): Jazz

13
The Afro-Eurasian Eclips... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington (1971); Tracks: Chinoiserie, Afrique & Gong

Length (mins): 00:38:02

Genres (Music): Jazz

14
The Great Paris Concert ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
15
Black, Brown and Beige ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Mahalia Jackson and Duke Ellington (1958); Tracks: Part I (Work Song), Part V (Come Sunday Interlude) & Part VI (23rd Psalm)

Length (mins): 00:35:54

Genres (Music): Swing music, Big Band

16
The Complete Ellington I... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Mel Tormé and Duke Ellington (1958); Tracks: Prelude to a Kiss, Night and Day & The Sky Fell Down

Label: Jazz Beat

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

17
New Orleans Suite is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington (1970); Tracks: Thanks for the Beautiful Land on the Delta, Portrait of Sidney Bechet & Portrait of Wellman Braud

Length (mins): 00:40:57

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Jazz

18
Jazz Party is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington (1959); Tracks: U.M.M.G., Toot Suite & Fillie Trillie

Length (mins): 00:49:58

Genres (Music): Swing music, Jazz, Big Band

19
Ella Fitzgerald Sings th... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald (1957); Tracks: Sophisticated Lady, I Ain't Got Nothing but the Blues & I Didn't Know About You
20
Newport 1958 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
21
The Nutcracker Suite is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington (1960); Tracks: Danse of the Floreadores (Waltz of the Flowers), Entr'Acte & Overture

Genres (Music): Jazz

22
Francis A. & Edward ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington (1968); Tracks: Indian Summer, Poor Butterfly & Yellow Days

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

23
Afro-Bossa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington (1963); Tracks: Caliné (Silk Lace), Absinthe & Pyramid

Genres (Music): Jazz

24
Piano Reflections is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington (1953); Tracks: Janet, Melancholia & Prelude to a Kiss

Length (mins): 00:43:06

Genres (Music): Jazz

25
Ella at Duke's Place is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Duke Ellington Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald (1965); Tracks: Brownskin Gal, Imagine My Frustration & What Am I Here For

Length (mins): 00:47:10

Genres (Music): Jazz