MOOD INDIGO

Latest update on 13/08/2012

Artist: Harlem Footwarmers
Author: Duke Ellington/Barney Bigard/Irving Mills
Label: Okeh
Year: 1930

Name of the Duke Ellington orchestra while recording for Okeh. They were The Jungle Band for Brunswick and Duke Ellington & his Cotton Club Orchestra for Victor. That's when it hit. Three versions with three different line-ups. Original title: Dreamy Blues. Theme: Barney Bigard, lyrics: Mitchell Parish, credits: Irving Mills (Parish stood on his pay roll). This sort of arrangements enabled Duke Ellington to free jazz from its dance function. Some elements might as well come from Ravel or Stravinsky. There's a similar muted trumpet and trombone at the beginning of part two of Le Sacre du printemps.

Covers:

1933:

Boswell Sisters

1934:

Jimmie Lunceford

1934:

Billy Cotton

1937:

Paul Robeson

1954:

Norman Petty Trio

1954:

Billy Eckstine

1954:

Four Freshmen

1955:

Perez Prado

1955:

Frank Sinatra [on In The Wee Small Hours]

1957:

Ella Fitzgerald

1958:

Nina Simone

1960:

Ames Brothers

1961:

Louis Armstrong [with Duke]

1961:

Floyd Cramer

1977:

Mike Bloomfield

1978:

Lenny Carlson [with Ry Cooder]

1984:

John Barry [in film The Cotton Club]

1988:

Patti Austin

2000:

Dr. John

2000:

Joe Jackson

2001:

Jimmy Smith

2008:

Barbara Hendrickx

2012:

Joe Jackson

Asked what Mood Indigo means, Ellington once clarified it's the story of a boy and a girl, loving each other without even knowing it.

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