Duke Ellington – Dancers In Love (1953)

“Dancers in Love” (also known as “Stomp for Beginners” and “Naivete”) was composed and debuted as a piano solo by Duke Ellington during a April, 1944 Carnegie Hall concert which saluted Fats Waller, who had died suddenly from pneumonia while on tour in December, 1943. Before the end of the year, the song was incorporated into “The Perfume Suite,” which made its debut during the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s December, 1944 Carnegie Hall concert. This happy miniature, usually played as a piano solo or duet with a bass, gave Ellington a chance to show off his ragtime roots, and was often used in concert as an encore to encourage the audience to snap their fingers along with it. Long after Ellington had pretty much retired the entire suite from his book, he continued to feature the song during his performances, playing it until near the end of his career. Many commercially issued versions of “Dancers in Love” by Ellington are available, include concert performances recorded by the U.S. Treasury Department for transcription use, but the best overall recording is likely the studio arrangement taped for Ellington’s Piano Reflections, his historic small group session for Capitol. It is surprising that relatively few jazz musicians have tackled this upbeat piece, though Ram Ramirez recorded it in 1946 and another pianist, Jimmy Rowles, taped it for a hard to find French LP (Scarab) in 1977. Red Norvo interpreted it as a solo vibraphone feature during the 1990 Swing Reunion concerts, while guitarist Howard Alden and pianist Bill Mays each recorded valuable arrangements during the 1990s.  [source]

 

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