Sophisticated Lady

One of Duke Ellington’s most famous compositions, “Sophisticated Lady,” actually had its genesis in two of his band members’ original musical ideas. In this podcast we explore whether Duke’s greatest genius wasn’t perhaps more that of a collaborator than a composer.

Playlist

“Sophisticated Lady” Coleman Hawkins

“Cotton Tail” Duke Ellington

“I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” Johnny Hodges with Ellington

“Satin Doll” Duke Ellington

“Concerto for Cootie” Cootie Williams with Ellington

“I’m Beginning To See the Light” Johnny Hodges with Ellington

“Sophisticated Lady” Alan Broadbent

“Sophisticated Lady” Duke Ellington

“Mood Indigo” Barney Bigard with Ellington

“Sophisticated Lady” Charles Mingus

“Sophisticated Lady” Sarah Vaughan

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Published February 3rd, 2019 by Bob Hecht

One thought on “Sophisticated Lady”

  1. Great piece and thanks for peeling the onion and giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the composing/compiling of Duke.

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