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”



More at  Living with…Duke Ellington…for a week