It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (album)

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It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got that Swing
Studio album by Duke Ellington & Teresa Brewer
Released 1973
Recorded September 4, 5, & 6, 1973
Genre Jazz
Label Flying Dutchman
Producer Bob Thiele
Teresa Brewer chronology
The Songs of Bessie Smith
(1973)
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
(1973)
Music, Music, Music
(1973)
Duke Ellington chronology
Duke's Big 4
(1973)
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
(1973)
Third Sacred Concert
(1973)

It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing is a studio album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington and singer Teresa Brewer originally released on Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman label in 1973.[1] It features the final studio recordings by Ellington.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review awarded the album 4½ stars.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Don George except as indicated
  1. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (Ellington, Irving Mills)
  2. "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues"
  3. "Satin Doll" (Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer)
  4. "Mood Indigo' (Barney Bigard, Ellington, Mills)
  5. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (Ellington, Bob Russell)
  6. "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (Ellington, George, Johnny Hodges, Harry James)
  7. "I've Got to Be a Rug Cutter"
  8. "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" (Ellington, Paul Francis Webster)
  9. "Tulip or Turnip (Tell Me, Tell Me, Dream Face)"
  10. "It's Kind of Lonesome Out Tonight"
  11. "Poco Mucho"
  • Recorded in New York on September 4 (tracks 3, 5, 8 & 10), September 5 (tracks 1, 2, 6 & 7), and September 6 (tracks 4, 9 & 11), 1973.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed July 8, 2010
  2. ^ a b Allmusic Review accessed June 8, 2010