hit during the piece was also quite high in the register proving his command once again of his instrument. Then Ivie Anderson comes in with a vocal solo with occasional call and response from the rest of the band till about midway through the song. Ivie began the song with some scat singing but during her solo she really lets her voice ring, which happened to match the lyrics “give it everything you got!” The final soloist in the piece is Johnny Hodges on the alto saxophone. Johnny follows Ivie on the alto sax with an absolutely flying solo in the middle of the song. I truly believethis song proves the characteristic commonly found in Duke’s music where he lets each of his band members shine while creating rich sounds with various groups of the band.During the time that Duke Ellington composed the song, there was a more serious tone to music. This song makes a statement that music should be something fun and worth listening to! There have been countless numbers of renditions of Duke’s original song “It Don’t Mean a Thing” proving the artistry of Duke as a
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- Summer '07