As part of Duke Ellington week at the Year of Tony Bennett, the song of the day for May 3, 2013 is Azure.
About This Song
Duke Ellington composed Azure in 1937; lyrics are attributed to Irving Mills.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this song just once, for the 1999 Bennett Sings Ellington Hot & Cool album. While not one of Ellington’s most well-known songs, the musical composition is one his nicest ballads and Bennett’s version is lovely.
Azure, as well as the full Bennett Sings Ellington Hot & Cool album, is available from iTunes.