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PPC2: The Great American Songwriter

Duke Ellington
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Willie Nobles

on 11 February 2018

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Duke Ellington
In A Sentimental Mood
Duke Ellington
1935
'In a Sentimental Mood' has been defined as the "perfect song to fall in love too." This song is one of Ellington's finest works and shows his skills as a composer through his use of contrapuntal musical harmony that allows the saxophone to create a world of love.
Wilson, J. (n.d.). In a Sentimental Mood (1935). Retrieved February 10, 2018, from http://www.jazzstandards.com/compositions-0/inasentimentalmood.htm
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Sophisticated Lady
Duke Ellington
1933
Released in 1933, 'Sophisticated Lady' is another jazz standard of Mr. Ellingtons that saw 16 weeks on the chart, topping out at the third spot. The importance of this work comes in with Ellington's use of Harmonic. The chord progression II-V-I became an important progression later in Bebop and swing. Ellington later modulates to the key of Gmajor in the B section of the song creating a dynamic built that later takes the listener back home.
Sophisticated Lady, song | Details (A., Trans.). (n.d.). Retrieved February 10, 2018, from https://www.allmusic.com/composition/sophisticated-lady-song-mc0002546470
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I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
Duke Ellington
1941
This song was written during a time when Ellington was getting into the Civil Rights Movement. It was orchestrated as part of 'Jump for Joy', a musical revuew that aimed to undermind the sterotypes of African American culture during that time.
Songfacts. (n.d.). I GOT IT BAD (AND THAT AIN'T GOOD) by DUKE ELLINGTON. Retrieved February 10, 2018, from http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=27313
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Mood Indigo
Duke Ellington
1930
Mood Indigo has landed its place on the Grammy Hall of Fame, because of its unusual arrangement that brought a new development to jazz. This concept sat the clarinet in the low register and the trombone in its high register. It was not the familiar concept you normally hear in jazz and help set this piece apart from other jazz recordings of that time.
Mood Indigo by Duke Ellington Songfacts. (n.d.). Retrieved February 10, 2018, from http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=27312
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Take the A Train
Duke Ellington
1941
While this song was written by Billy Strayhorn, a composer that worked for Duke Ellington. The song has left behind a legacy appearing in several artist and other creative media work. Ella Fitzgerald and The Rolling Stones to name a few. The song inhabites a classic sophicatoion that came with Ellington and his band. Over the years there have been serveral versions of the song recorded.
Take the "A" Train. (2018, January 25). Retrieved February 11, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_the_%22A%22_Train
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It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Duke Ellington
1932
Written in 1932, 'It Don't Mean a Thing' transformed Duke Ellington from a bandleader to a composer. This song has also left a legacy being used by popular several artists, including Beyonce. This song was inducted into the Grammys Hall of Fame in 2008.
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing). (2018, January 24). Retrieved February 11, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Don%27t_Mean_a_Thing_(If_It_Ain%27t_Got_That_Swing)
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The Far East Suite
Duke Ellington
1967
A collection of songs said to be inspired by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's tour of eastern countries. This collection has a significant impact on Asian American Jazz movement and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
The Far East Suite. (2018, February 10). Retrieved February 11, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Far_East_Suite
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