“Black Beauty” – Barney Bigard In The Duke Ellington Orchestra (1928)

“I don’t need time, I need a deadline.” ― Duke Ellington

With a career that spanned over 50 years, and with over two thousand original compositions, “Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington was the most prolific composer of the twentieth century in terms of both number of compositions and variety of forms.”–PBS

Barney Bigard’s unique “woodsy” clarinet sound was featured with Ellington for nearly 12 of those years.

This song showcases Bigard “demonstrating his agility and control between contrasting solos by Bubber Miley (trumpet) and Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton (trombone).” –Grahm Colombe,  Jazz Journal International.

For comparison/contrast use only. From the French Best of Jazz CD series. Composed by Ellington.

Victor 21580-A; New York, March 26, 1928: Duke Ellington-p-a-dir/Arthur Whetsol-Bubber Miley-t/Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton-tb/Otto Hardwick-as/Harry Carney-as-bar/Barney Bigard-cl/Fred Guy-bj/Wellman Braud-sb/Sonny Greer-d.

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