Thursday, May 14, 2009

An Introduction to the "A" Train

Duke Ellington is the boss. He is in a class by himself. He leads that band with his head. To watch him you could understand where the music was coming from and how he was walking around the stage bringing it out. He was a picture. Something to see as well as to listen to. He directed that band strangely, and then when he sat down at the piano, it meant something. And the minute he played that little bit, he got right up from there and started walking again. He was something. He was colorful. Oh, I love him. He was the man. Oh, he was some kind of man. All down through the years, I used to go and listen to him, and I knew just exactly where he was, because I could feel him.
Count Basie "Good morning blues"

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  1. Rockin' DaveApril 1, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    In "Anatomy of A Murder" (1959), Duke Ellington did the music and has a cameo as "Pie-Eye. (IMDB)

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