Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Black, Brown & Beige (featuring Mahalia Jackson) (LP)
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Black, Brown, & Beige is Duke Ellington's musical representation of the African American experience in the United States. It is arguably The Maestro's greatest work. The triumph of telling so important a story so well through music alone makes Duke Ellington's Black, Brown, & Beige a masterpiece. Black, Brown, & Beige also displays Duke's, and Jazz's, highest achievement in long form. Whether you perceive it as a three movement symphony or accept Ellington's own personalized terminology "Tone Parallel," Black, Brown, & Beige matches conceptually and in artistic content the musical continuity of Western Classical's greatest names in their lengthiest works.
The history of Black, Brown, & Beige is in its own right momentous. Ellington premiered the work at Carnegie Hall on January 23, 1943, at Duke's first performance on that illustrious stage.