Music Concert Review
Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo”
The instruments that were played in the concert included trumpet, alto sax and clarinet,
piano, trombone, baritone sax, banjo, bass, and drums. The jazz swing form that was used in Mood
Indigo featured a unique arrangement and also gave a better idea of the band’s playing. The form
typically showed the musicians in the concert addressing the camera directly. There was liveliness
and realism in the performance. The hit tunes and voicing of the instruments significantly
contributed to the uniqueness of the music. Unlike other mus, this music presented a muted
trombone that was hit at the highest notes. The clarinet was presented at the bottom of its register.
The names of the performers in the concert included Duke Ellington, Arthur Whetsel, Barney
Bigard, Wellman Braud, Joe Nanton, Fred Guy, Sonny Greer, Freddy Jenkins, Harry Carney,
Cootie Williams, Jonny Hodges, and Juan Tizol. The song that was played during the concert was
“Mood Indigo.” The concert took place in 1952 on March 14th, in Los Angeles studios.
Based on my impression of Ellington’s music, “Mood Indigo,” the uniqueness and the
quality of the voicing in the music is what was interesting. The harmonizing of the opening chorus
was distinctive. Throughout the performance, the performers maintained a quiet mood of
melancholy by blue notes and low dynamics. Barney Bigard’s clarinet solo was also expressive,
and one could feel the song. The instruments that were used and how the performers brought out
and matched the instrumental tones made it attractive and inviting for someone always to want to
listen to the tones. The high tones of the trombone moderated with low clarinet tenors and trumpets
made the performance lively. The music grabbed the attention of the audience quickly- both for
those who listened and those who watched. The composition of the performance begins with an
experimental rampage on Duke’s piano, then right into the slow melodic bass clarinet and
trombones. A calm expression for a mellow clarinet solo is heard followed by a muted trumpet
solo, and lastly, Ellington’s solo. The beauty of the music is impressive, and it is remarkable how
the performers match the tones, each playing his part with a di...
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