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JazzTimes 10: Very Late Duke Ellington Albums

Highlights of a master’s final decade

This list began life as merely “Late Ellington”—inclusive of everything he did after his 1956 triumph at Newport. An informal survey of jazz lovers and musicians quickly rendered that too easy: Who can argue with Such Sweet Thunder, or Money Jungle, or the collaboration with John Coltrane?

Much less consensus surrounded Duke’s final decade, however—and few respondents even knew the recording that’s listed below as No. 1.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.