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Jazz Party
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1959
Recorded February 19, 1959, February 25, 1959
Genre Jazz, big band, swing
Length 44:47
Label Columbia
Producer Irving Townsend
Professional reviews
Duke Ellington chronology
Jazz at the Plaza, Vol. 2 (live)
Jazz Party
The Ellington Suites

Jazz Party, a 1959 album by jazz legend Duke Ellington, contains a "formidable gallery of jazz stars" guesting, including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Rushing (formerly the vocalist for Count Basie), Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonsalves.[1] It was reissued in CD in 1997 on the Mobile Fidelity label.


Critical reception

Described as "an example of the ever-surprising repertoire...characteristic of late Ellington",[2] Jazz Party has been praised particularly for its unique percussion pieces.[3][4] Village Voice reviewer Gary Giddins indicated that the percussion song "Malletoba Spank" "will rattle in your brain until you die".[5] The multi-part "Toot Suite" has been described as intriguing,[2] though underrated, featuring strong statements from Ellington regulars and guests.[3] Dizzy Gillespie's guest solo on "U.M.M.G." attracts much attention as well, and has been labeled both "enterprising" and "inspired".[3][2]

Track listing

  1. "Malletoba Spank (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 3:39
  2. "Toot Suite: Red Garter/Red Shoes/Red Carpet/Ready, Go!" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 21:37
  3. "Satin Doll (Ellington, Johnny Mercer" Strayhorn) – 2:43
  4. "U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)" (Strayhorn) – 4:30
  5. "All of Me" (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) – 2:30
  6. "Tymperturbably Blue" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 4:23
  7. "Fillie Trillie" (Ellington) – 2:43
  8. "Hello Little Girl" (Ellington) – 7:47



  1. ^ Puccio, John. (November 1998). "Duke Ellington: Jazz Party in Stereo." Sensible Sound.
  2. ^ a b c Crouch, Stanley. (January 12, 2005). The late show. Slate. Accessed September 8, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Dance, Stanley. (November 1998). Duke Ellington: Jazz Party. Jazz Times. Accessed September 8, 2007.
  4. ^ See also All Music review, sidebar.
  5. ^ Giddins, Gary. (1999) The long-playing duke Village Voice. Accessed September 8, 2007.


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