Correspondence Illustrated: Ellington Transcendent

Bruno Leicht writes from Germany: Here's one of my favorite tunes. It's a forgotten one. I know it since I was 17, and I still love it. What tricky writing for the clarinets, huh? Yes, and what singing by Herb Jeffries. The other soloist is Harry Carney, baritone saxophone. This was July 9, 1941. Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra at their peak. “Brown Skin Gal” is from this collection. Thanks for the reminder, Bruno. … [Read more...]