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Mood Indigo

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Mood Indigo
Mood Indigo


"It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing", may be one of Duke Ellington's most popular mottos in song, but the man born on April 29, 1899, in Washington, D.C., surpassed this dictum. "In the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or otherwise, than Edward Kennedy Ellington," wrote the journalist Bob Blumenthal, encompassing "Duke's" over a thousand compositions worth of Blues, popular songs, religious and classical suites, film-scores, ballet-music, and Jazz tunes, of course, but still omitting his seminal accomplishments as a pianist and band-leader. Duke Ellington was an American icon, if ever there was one, a charismatic and charming, hip and sophisticated human being, who preferred the name "American music" to jazz, and confessed in the title of his autobiography: "Music is my mistress." Having been called Duke by his friends even before teen-age on account of his elegant, graceful and noble manner, his main interests as a youngster were baseball and art. Still, as the son of piano-playing parents, he learned to play the instrument from age 7, and began studying stridepianists, even writing his first composition at the age of 15. He was just 18 years old, when he turned down an art scholarship and left school just three months short of graduating, in order to begin his musical career. When a member of his successful band left for a more prestigious engagement, Duke fatefully decided to move from D.C. to Harlem, in the Twenties, where he soon became an active and important part of the "Harlem Renaissance." From the moment Duke and his orchestra debuted at the Cotton Club in 1927 all through the 40s, where he befriended his "writing and arranging companion" Billy Strayhorn, on to his "comeback" at Newport in the mid- 50s, even in the differently swingin' 60s, and all the way up until his death on May 24, 1974, Duke Ellington continued to invent and inspire, surprise and surpass everything musically imaginable. Perfecting his ingenious way of composing with individual band-members in mind always the best musicians available, from Johnny Hodges or Ben Webster to Paul Gonsalves and branching out stylistically and globally, the Duke elevated the popular perception of Jazz to a respected and "serious" art form. He truly was musical royalty.


  1. Name
  2. The Jeep Is Jumpin
  3. Creole Love Call
  4. Ko-Ko
  5. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  6. Upper Manhattan Medical Group Cotton Tail
  7. Indian Summer
  8. Blues
  9. Frustration
  10. Black And Tan Fantasy
  11. Take The A Train Sophisticated Lady
  12. Diminuendo In Blue And Crescendo In Blue)
  13. Three Js Blues
  14. Smada
  15. C Jam Blues
  16. In A Mellow Tone
  17. Blues In Blueprint
  18. Such Sweet Thunder
  19. Lady Mac
  20. Sonnet In Search Of A Moor
  21. The Star-Crossed Lovers (a.k.a. Pretty Girl)
  22. Madness In Great Ones Half The Fun
  23. Main Title (Anatomy Of A Murder)
  24. Flirtibird
  25. Way Early Subtone
  26. Hero To Zero
  27. Low Key Lightly Happy Anatomy (Band Movie)
  28. Come Sunday
  29. Jump For Joy
  30. Chelsea Bridge
  31. Perdido
  32. The C Jam Blues
  33. What Am I Here For?
  34. Main Stem
  35. Johnny Come Lately
  36. Im Beginning To See The Light
  37. Black And Tan Fantasy
  38. Caravan
  39. It Dont Mean A Thing (If It Aint Got That Swing)
  40. In A Sentimental Mood
  41. Thing Aint What They Used To Be (Times Wastin)
  42. Magenta Haze
  43. Sultry Sunset
  44. Blue Skies
  45. Park At 106th
  46. On A Turquoise Cloud
  47. Do Nothin Til You Hear From Me
  48. Slipper Horn
  49. Sophisticated Lady
  50. Harlem Speaks
  51. Live And Love Tonight
  52. Merry Go Round
  53. In A Sentimental Mood
  54. Echoes Of Harlem (Cootie018s Concerto)
  55. Clarinet Lament (Barney018s Concerto)
  56. Caravan
  57. Diminuendo In Blue
  58. Crescendo In Blue
  59. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Hear
  60. Prelude To A Kiss
  61. Country Gal
  62. Solitude
  63. Conga Brava
  64. Concerto For Cootie
  65. Dont Get Around Much Anymore
  66. Cotton Tail (Shuckin And Stiffin)
  67. A Portrait Of Bert Williams
  68. Warm Valley
  69. Got It Bad And That Aint Good
  70. Take The A Train
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