12/05/2018: “In A Sentimental Mood” by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane


The combination of Duke Ellington’s superb piano playing and John Coltrane’s saxophone makes for a very beautiful piece of music.

The song was originally written by Ellington in 1935, apparently spontaneously to calm a fight down! This version is on Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, released in 1963.

There’s barely a note out of place, with the whole song presenting a rich tapestry of melodies.

The song is mostly very delicate, with a heavier section at around three minutes. The original Ellington version is much more haunting piece, with richer instrumentation, but the central piano riff in the ’63 version is just a wonderful musical element that really goes well with Coltrane’s sax playing.

It’s a very famous jazz song, and quite easy on the ear compared to some of Coltrane’s more out there free jazz!

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