no81bob top 20 2011: No 18 Take the A Train – Duke Ellington
Scene One: In a dimly lit wartime living room a smartly dressed couple are dancing intimately whilst aware that their young children are watching contentedly from the sofa. Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train is playing in the background on the gramophone. A sense of imminent departure for the man hangs in the air. But now’s not the time for sadness, as they enjoy the moment…
I instantly fell for the magical Take the A Train, with its trilling piano intro and gradual build-up to the infectious horn chorus. It conjures up another era, when people dressed in suits and frocks to dance.
“If you miss the A -Train
You’ll find you missed the quickest way to Harlem”