Black and Tan Fantasy by Duke Ellington


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Black and Tan Fantasy

  • Written in 1927 to play in The Cotton Club in New York as it appealed to white people.
  • Based on the ballad 'The Holy City' by Stephen Adams. Original in a major key = ironic as it is now in a minor key. (Bb Minor)
  • Handpicked his players and wrote for them individually, now bigger ensembles
  • Jungle sounds and growls to entertain white audiences.
  • Based around 12 Bar blues sequence

1st Solo - Bubber Miley's Trumpet Solo (Chorus 1)

  • used 'blue' minor 3rds and 7ths.
  • More dissonant clashes
  • 2 octaves = range


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