The song of the day for Tuesday, December 26, 2017 is “In A Sentimental Mood.”
About This Song
One of Duke Ellington’s most beautiful melodies, “In A Sentimental Mood” was composed in 1935, with the lyrics by Manny Kurtz and Irving Mills added later. The original 1935 Ellington recording features Otto Hardwick on alto sax; Benny Goodman recorded it that same year. Though the song has always been popular and is widely recorded, the 1962 recording with Ellington and John Coltrane is considered to be one of the most notable instrumental recordings of this fine song.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “In A Sentimental Mood” in 1999 for the album Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool. The album was released in conjunction with 100th anniversary of Duke Ellington’s birth.
“In A Sentimental Mood,” as well as Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool, is available from iTunes.
Here’s the instrumental version played by Ellington and John Coltrane that I mentioned earlier. It’s well-worth a listen.