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Duke Ellington Added: 2008-06-26 Duke Ellington writes “Dreamy Blues” (aka “Mood Indigo”) in 15 minutes while waiting for his mother to cook dinner. When Duke recorded “Mood Indigo”, the melody was stated by muted trumpet, muted trombone and clarinet. Sam Nanton played the highest part on the trombone and Barney Bigard played the lowest part on the clarinet. This reversal of traditional roles sounded eerie and compeling. “Mood Indigo” was Ellington's first big hit.
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