Solitude (to be revised)


Solitude (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Eddie De Lange)

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra — This is probably the 10 January 1934 recording, issued on Victor 24755, c/w “Delta Serenade”


Duke Ellington and his Orchestra — recorded on 12 September 1934; issued on Brunswick 6987 (B15910), c/w “Moonglow”


Billie Holiday

Session #44 New York, 9 May 1941, Eddie Heywood and his Orchestra (OKeh – Columbia) — Roy Eldridge (tp) Jimmy Powell, Lester Boone (as) Ernie Powell (ts) Eddie Heywood (p) Paul Chapman (g) Grachan Moncur (b) Herbert Cowans (d) Billie Holiday (v)


Duke Ellington, solo piano — recorded on 14 May 1941


Billie Holiday with the Lee and Lester Young Band — Live Session #8 [radio broadcast] Los Angeles, 1 June 1942 –‘Red’ Mack Morris (t), Lester Young, ‘Bump’ Myers (ts), Jimmy Rowles (p), Louis Gonzales (g), ‘Red’ Callender (b), Lee Young (d), The Spirits of the Rhythm, Billie Holiday (v)

Paulo Novaes at comments

Broadcast on station KHJ at the Billy Berg’s Trouville Club. Norman Granz (1918-2001), an Ukranian-Jewish descent, was a jazz aficionado [who] began a long involvement with the music by persuading Billy Berg, a well-known Los Angeles club owner, to allow him to promote a jam session at his club, the Trouville, on Sunday nights. Granz would be [more closely] involved with Billie at a later date, when she started recording for Verve.


Thelonius Monk

from the album Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington – 1955


(below) live in Berlin – 1973


Duke Ellington – date unknown



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. William Britton
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 00:18:21

    Dear Doc, I find my favorite “Solitude” is Ellington’s solo recording on 5/15/41 on RCA Victor. Time on that is 3:30. This distinguishes it from his other recordings of this piece. You can easily find it on “U-tube.” But it took me several days to locate it at Amazon. “Solos, Duets and Trios.” There are two “takes”: take number one is the best. Remastered in 1999. There is also an “alternate” take, also remastered, but I don’t find that it has the same “drifting, introspective and lost” quality that I like. I was so happy to find it finally — (giving credit: I first heard it on that very small powered radio station, KCEA in Atherton High School.) I pick it up through i Tunes, 24 hours seven days and no commercials. Many of my best recordings they have introduced me too.

    Listen I’m sure you will like and you might like to add to this “Solitude” collection. At the end would be best, just a suggestion.




  2. doc
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 01:35:28

    Thanks, Bill

    Your request has been added, but in chronological order, as is my wont. May expand the page one of these days. It’s rather short.



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