Duke Ellington: Cocktails for Two

Among Duke Ellington's 7 singles and 2 albums enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame, the 2007 choice is least explicable. Why did Grammy's eminent and knowledgeable professionals, tasked to honor recordings of qualitative or historical significance, elect this non-Ellington composition over "Caravan," "Cotton Tail," "It Don't Mean a Thing" (not inducted until 2008), "Rockin' in Rhythm," "Solitude" and "Sophisticated Lady"? With mincingly staccato trumpets, plus vibrato-oozing saxes and trombone, this is hardly among the Seven Wonders of Duke's World. Hollywood's pros are evidently more eminent than knowledgeable.

Dr. Jazz.com's Recommended Antidote: Funnyman Spike Jones's "Cocktails For Two" (1945). Consume aurally as needed.

November 20, 2007 · 0 comments


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