Duke Ellington - Money Jungle
Duke Ellington - Money Jungle
Duke Ellington - Money Jungle
Duke Ellington - Money Jungle
Duke Ellington - Money Jungle
Duke Ellington - Money Jungle

Duke Ellington - Money Jungle

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Duke Ellington – piano [click here to see more vinyl featuring Duke Ellington]

Charles Mingus – double bass [click here to see more vinyl featuring Charles Mingus]

Max Roach – drums [click here to see more vinyl featuring Max Roach]


1 LP, Gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press :  RTI

Label :  Blue Note Tone Poet

Original Label :  Blue Note

Recorded at Sound Makers Studio, New York City on September 17, 1962

Engineered by Bill Schwartau

Produced by Joe Harley

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in 1962

Reissued in 2020


Tracks :

Side A

  1. Money Jungle
  2. Le Fleurs Africaines (African Flower)
  3. Very Special
  4. Warm Valley


Side B

  1. Wig Wise
  2. Caravan
  3. Solitude


Reviews :

“Duke Ellington surprised the jazz world in 1962 with his historic trio session featuring Charles Mingus and Max Roach. Not in a mood to simply rework older compositions, the bulk of the LP focused on music he wrote specifically for the session. "Money Jungle" is a thunderous opener, a blues that might be classified somewhere between post-bop and avant-garde. The gem of the date is the fragile, somewhat haunting ballad "Fleurette Africaine," where Mingus' floating bassline and Roach's understated drumming add to the mystique of an Ellington work that has slowly been gathering steam among jazz musicians as a piece worth exploring more often. "Very Special" is a jaunty upbeat blues, while the angular, descending line of "Wig Wise" also proves to be quite catchy. Ellington also revisits "Warm Valley" (a lovely ballad indelibly associated with Johnny Hodges) and an almost meditative "Solitude." Thunderous percussion and wild basslines complement a wilder-than-usual approach to "Caravan." Every jazz fan should own a copy of this sensational recording session.” Money Jungle Review by Ken Dryden



AllMusic 4,5/5 , Discogs 4.53 / 5

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