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“In a Sentimental Mood” by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane

Duke Ellington on the piano and John Coltrane on the saxophone: the outcome could not have been anything other than ‘classic’.

“In a sentimental mood” was originally an Ellington record from the 1940s. In the early 1960s, Ellington for the first time in his career began doing a lot of collaborations to get inspired and modernize some of his old records. This was recorded in 1962 and is the most famous of his collaborations with the premier sax player of that generation: John Coltrane.

Even the clear stylistic differences between these two artists could not cast a shadow over the brilliance this recording. Ellington’s cool, detached and understated piano seems happy to let Coltrane’s sax take center stage and play the leading role in this “movie”. The sax here is definitely telling a story. You can get a sense of the emotion behind the story, but the plot is left to your own imagination.

One of the greatest Jazz ballads of all time.


Title: In a sentimental mood
Artist: Duke Ellington, John Coltrane
Album: Duke Ellington & John Coltrane, 1962


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