Solitude – 1952
Duke Ellington Orchestra
A beautiful version of an Ellington classic
Duke Ellington composed the haunting ballad “Solitude” in 1934 and it immediately became a standard.
Ellington reworked the song’s arrangement many times through the years.
On this version from 1952, filmed as a Snader Transcription for television, “Solitude” begins with two trombonists and baritonist Harry Carney sharing the melody for the first half-chorus.
Carney with his magnificent sound takes the next eight bars before the Ellington ensemble finishes the chorus.
The remainder of the piece is a feature for the underrated singer Jimmy Grissom (heard at his best on this performance) who is accompanied by some colorful and uniquely Ellingtonian ensembles colors from the horns.