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Sarah Vaughan. Mood Indigo [TDK]. Scrobble from Spotify? Connect to Spotify Dismiss. Search Search. Duke Ellington and his Orchestra is perhaps the greatest of all Jazz bands. The group stayed together for over fifty years and recorded and wrote some of America's greatest music. It was through weekly radio broadcasts from the Cotton Club that the orchestra gained nationwide exposure and became famous. After the band was billed as Duke Ellington … read more.
He went on to create many extended works during the s, the most creative period of his entire career. Ellington eventually left the Sorry For Laughing - Propaganda - A Secret Wish Club and began appearing in cities all over America. In he embarked upon his most ambitious tour, crossing the Atlantic to appear in Britain. He added yet more depth and variety to the Ellington sound.
The tours in the USA had got bigger and more lavish as the years went by. The song, written by Billy Strayhorn, which has become synonymous with the band, as well as becoming their signature tune, was actually about the New York subway.
The inspiration behind the piece was to tell the story of African-Americans and their struggle. While the Duke was not the first jazz musician to have played at Carnegie Hall his was the most ambitious musical programme.
Fortunately Ellington was better placed than the others in that he had his song publishing affairs well managed. It meant that the royalties from song writing were subsidizing his band, to some extent. By the early s things had become much worse for all of the big bands, Ellington in particular suffered when he lost two of his stalwarts — Johnny Hodges and Sonny Greer; for a while it seemed that the Duke might actually fold his touring band altogether.
However the advent of the long-playing record allowed Duke to focus his composing efforts on increasingly interesting pieces. With new saxophonist Paul Gonsalves playing a six-minute solo on Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue, a piece dating from the late Thirties, the Ellington Orchestra took the festival by storm. On the back of Something To Live For - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Music From Sophisticated Ladies resurgence another major Gazebo Penguins - Legna tour in gave the band a renewed international status that had been in danger of ebbing away.
Ellington and Strayhorn also wrote the score for the film Anatomy of a Murder inwhich added another level of interest in what they were doing.
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