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Friday, July 23, 2021

Dance To Duke! - Duke Ellington


Satan Takes A Holiday

Dance To Duke!
His Piano And Orchestra At The Bol Masque
Columbia Special Products
Special Archives Series
CSRP 8098

From the back cover: A couple of seasons ago the Ellington band was encamped at the American Hotel in Miami Beach, playing nightly, except Sunday, in the hotel's own beautiful supper club, the Bol Masque. Duke, always adaptable to his environment, played for dancers in the best dance-band tradition and began referring to himself and his fifteen jazz-poll winners as "Duke Ellington, his piano and his orchestra." And, playing this new role to the utmost, he introduced new arrangements featuring himself at the piano, playing of all things, other people's songs.

And, inspired by the room's masquerade decor, Duke fashioned his own musical masquerade of twelve couples. Alice and the wolf, an angel and Satan, a butterfly and a peanut vendor, a satin doll and a donkey, the lady in red with her Indian and a gypsy and a clown all paraded by, while Duke, dressed like Carmen Cavallaro , sat at the piano and hosted the party. This is the recording of that famous affair, featuring the full Ellington band and soloists in a program of dozen danceable standards, all in costume, never dressed quite like this before.

Alice Blue Gown
Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?
Got A Date With An Angel
Poor Butterfly
Satan Takes A Holiday
The Peanut Vendor
Satin Doll
Lady In Red
Indian Love Call
The Donkey Serenade
Gypsy Love Song
Laugh, Clown, Laugh

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