KitchenAid Plays Ellington

Our new stove chimes a catchy riff that has been challenging me to recognize it. Finally, it hit me: the stove’s timer chirps the first four bars of Duke Ellington’s “Creole Love Song.” This is a remarkable coincidence or the engineering staff at KitchenAid has the hippest designer in the appliance business. Either way, it’s a bit of serendipity with which I am happy to be greeted every morning when my tea has steeped.

I don’t have a recording of the timer, but here is the first—and many listeners think the best—of Ellington’s many recordings of “Creole Love Call,” from October 26, 1927. The band was Ellington, piano; Bubber Miley and Louis Metcalf trumpets; Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton, trombone; Otto Hardwick, Harry Carney and Rudy Jackson, reeds; Fred Guy, banjo; Wellman Braud, bass; Sonny Greer, drums. The vocalist, at once ethereal and earthy, is Adelaide Hall. Gunther Schuller has written of the “radiantly singing New Orleans-styled solos” by Miley on trumpet and Jackson on clarinet.

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  1. says

    Well, I may sound like the typical German Dr. Weisenheimer now, but Duke Ellington has stolen Creole Love Call from Joe ‘King’ Oliver:

    Camp Meeting Blues (1923)

    Alas, the King’s own version lacked the Duke’s mens’ magic celebration of the, err, “new” acquisition :)

    Ricky Riccardi has dedicated a very informative article on the history of the original at his wonderful Louis-Armstrong Blog.

  2. Peter Luce says

    Thanks for the music link and for the Riccardi post.
    So was it Buster Bailey or Jimmie Noone? But even more intriguing, was that solo improvised or written?