0025 – It Don’t Mean A Thing
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This Duke Ellington anthem is familiar to one and all, or should be, and I have no idea where I first heard it, though I started playing it in bands in the 1970’s. But I learned this version, which is very much based on Thelonious Monk’s version, from the great trombonist Roswell Rudd, with whom I have had the good fortune to work on an occasional basis since the late 1990’s. Ros showed my his chart for this when we were working on Monk tunes. He pointed out that it was the first tune Monk recorded for the Riverside label after he signed with them in 1955. Monk’s arrangement hinges on that Db chord at the beginning of the 4th measure, which sets up the wild harmonic substitutions of the next four bars. Wow!