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Sings Ellington
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Colpix CP/SCP 425 (1962 US)

Sixth album for Colpix, dedicated to Duke Ellington.

This is one of Nina Simone's best albums in a long time. She taken a flock of Duke Ellington tunes, some familiar and some not-so-familiar, and handed them interesting and intriguing renditions in her own special style. The tunes include "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me," "I Got It Bad," "Solitude," "Sunrise," "Satin Doll," "Hey, Buddy Bolden" and "It Don't Mean a Thing." Wax to please both Ellington and Simone fans.
-Billboard 20 October 1962

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Tracks sorted by number (sort by session or by title)
 1 [2:49] Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me   Duke Ellington, Bob Russell

 2 [4:07] I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)   Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster

 3 [2:28] Hey, Buddy Bolden   Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn

 4 [2:35] Merry Mending   Duke Ellington

 5 [2:55] Something to Live For   Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn

 6 [2:25] You Better Know It   Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn

 7 [3:02] I Like the Sunrise   Duke Ellington

 8 [3:45] Solitude   Edgar DeLange, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills

 9 [2:15] The Gal From Joe's   Duke Ellington, Irving Mills

 10 [3:37] Satin Doll   Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn

 11 [2:30] It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)   Duke Ellington, Irving Mills

Liner Notes
It was inevitable that Nina would one day sing Duke Ellington, and that day, much-waited and much-wanted, is happily here. Nina and the Duke are as natural togheter as music itself. Ellington's individualistic and timeless music is complemented perfectly by one of the great stylists of our time. Her range, through the Ellington standards to the lesser-known but nonetheless unique creations, is nothing short of masterful.
"Solitude," "Do Notin' Till You Hear From Me," "It Don't Mean a Thing," I Got Bad" - along with all the othes - never had it so good. In summary, Nina is in her element, her element is song, the songs are by Duke Ellingon, and the pieces, alla put togheter, spell Great Album.