John Coltrane and Duke Ellington
July 17, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.
I'm listening to Mid-Day Jazz with Rhonda Hamilton (as usual) and she decided to play Trane and Ellington's version of "In a Sentimental Mood." I thought it was a really intriguing choice of tune. Usually, this tune is associated with a sultry or romantic evening...or just relaxing at home alone, or something. Probably a bit cliché, but none the less kinda true. But at 11 AM, I think it's such a thought-provoking choice of tune...and I must say I'm loving it. It has a refreshing connotation...almost like my morning coffee, and I'm appreciating the tune all over again, as if for the first time...hearing it now, takes me to a certain time and place.
I have to start off by saying that I know this album extremely well. It's probably the 3rd earliest memory of music overall, that I have. My parents would play this album when I was just a toddler. I can still remember seeing the vinyl propped up against the baseboard. The black and orange look of the album cover with the photo of John and Duke in a circle was always magical to me. I suppose I had no choice but to fall in love with the record, as much as my mom played it, LOL! Plus, I was named after one of the tunes on the record. "Angelica" was their inspiration, though they switched up the spelling a bit. Anyway, I'm saying all of this to say that this is one of these records where I know every note...every inflection...but hearing it this morning gave me a totally new (yet subconsciously retro) perspective. That's was great music does. It allows you to rediscover it...redefine it for yourself, over and over again, decade after decade. Thanks, Rhonda!
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