Sunday, 16 January 2011

Musical Interlude: Duke Ellington - The Mooche, 1928

It's been far too quiet here lately; I don't like it(!).

Duke Ellington's The Mooche is certainly one of my Desert Island Discs; if it is one of the powers of music to take the listener to to another place, to stir their imagination, then this tune certainly does that for me. It is peerlessly evocative of a particular era and lifestyle long since vanished and never fails to leave me imagining being in a smoke-filled New York/Chicago nightclub, or standing on a dimly-lit, foggy street corner:

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