Side A1. Three J's Blues
3. Pie Eye's Blues
4. Sweet & Pungent
5. C Jam Blues
Side B1. In A Mellow Tone
2. Blues In Blueprint
3. The Swingers Get The Blues, Too
4. The Swinger's Jump
5. Blues In Orbit
6. Villes Ville Is The Place, Man
Duke Ellington is seen by many as one of the frontrunners of Jazz and as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He was a part of the Harlem Renaissance and many feel that because of him, Jazz gained recognition as a art form.
Many of his instrumental songs have become Jazz standards, and his distinctive style remains a shining beacon in music. Thanks to a stellar performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957 there was a renewed interest in his music and his orchestra, and they performed all over the world.
Blues In Orbit was mostly recorded during one after-midnight session after they had returned from a run of shows in Europe. It presents a Big Band in full swing; there is true synergy at work here that could only come from a group of musicians that expect – and get – the best from each other. Free flowing improvisations and straightforward arrangements show a band that is kicking back, relaxing, and doing it nice 'n' easy.