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  Mobile Fidelity -
  MOB 757
  Duke Ellington: Blues in Orbit
  "Blues in Orbit"

Duke Ellington
Track listing:
  1. Three J's Blues
2. Smada
3. Pie Eye's Blues
4. Sweet And Pungent
5. C Jam Blues
6. In A Mellow Tone
7. Blues In Blueprint
8. The Swingers Get The Blues Too
9. The Swinger's Jump
10. Blues In Orbit
11. Villes Ville Is The Place, Man
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Review by analogue February 20, 2009 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
It botherred me for the longest while.I just had to hear what all the fuss was about. I broke down and spent 100 dollars on Ebay for this sacd. I got really lucky. Some vendors had it for 500. I love Duke Ellington so I just had to have it. I just kept hearing stories of how good it sounded and I have a great respect for the work that Mobile Fidelity does. Everyone it seemed couldn't say enough nice things about this album and it;s sacd counterpart.I had to hear for myself how Duke and his big band with all their talent from late 1958 sounded.

I was not let down in any regard. In fact this is one of my top sounding sacd's. Even my friend said the horns were unbelievably realistic sounding. What is the real bonus aside from the magnificent sacd transfer is the musicianship. A person cannot possibly sit still listening to this. The music literally reaches out of the speakers and shakes you up. It grooves and makes you move.
This sacd is a keeper and reaches the highest pinnacles of transfer quality. It's fifty years old and sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday. But hey.....we don;t have musicians and music like that today do we??

Duke Ellington is a giant in the jazz world and it's easy to see why.

Yes I know with the terrible economy and it's depressing uncertainty it might seem excessive to spend 100 bucks on a single piece of music. But I could never regret it. This album brightens my life. It's that good. And that my friend is worth a hundred bucks.

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Review by collinmaillard January 2, 2012 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
As any jazz lover, I knew the album.

Or, at least I thought I knew it. I' really discovering NOW.

I recently purchased a very decent amp and amazing loudspeakers. This site helped tracking state-of-the-art SACD to take the most of my installation.

This recording is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS in any respect. It's more than magic, it's like a time machine.
You are physically transported back to the past and surrounded by those geniuses. You can almost hear them breathing, hear their fingers on the instruments ....

The sonics are simply outstanding. Never heard anything like that before. The among of tape hiss is acceptable too.

Any instrument sounds so real, such a real texture. It sounds like recorded yesterday with the best equipment possible ... It's 40+ years old ...

C JAM BLUEs is a killer. I could chain-listen to it. The violin part is so brilliantly rendered, the horns are so natural. The drums so crisps and tight, even snaps are good (though

Moreover, in terms of spatialization, this SACD should be carefully listened to by those "engineers" who tend to lack talent in their attempt to transfer masterpieces .

I can just strongly recommend to track it wherever you can. It may cost you a vital organ to afford it, do it, provided you don't sell your ears for obvious reasons ;-)

I own a lot of jazz and classical music SACDs, this one is my very favorite one, my desert island SACD, the one I would use as the final touch to a convincing demo !

I would like to thank Duke & Co, MoFi and the crazy owner of this most rare SACD (2500 copies out there only) who sold it to me !

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Review by JMCIII1 November 8, 2006 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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One of the first (and, from the original Mobile Fidelity only and last) hybrid SACD's to come to market. And you know what? It's still one of the best sounding. it's biggest drawback - besides the short playing time - is the left/right feel to the band. Ellington is center stage, but he doesn't play that much himself. But the depth is superb, and the instruments sound spot on tonally. Sure it's going to be expensive to find, as you have to look to the used market, but it'll be money well spent - especially if you, like me, are an Ellington Band fan.

John Crossett

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