Monday, March 9, 2009

Satin Doll -- Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington & his orchestra
Ellington on piano, 5 trumpets, 3 trombones, 5 saxophones, drummer and bass.

The tune was a collaboration between Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. A few years later Johnny Mercer penned lyrics (1953) that are clever, hip and infused with slang through and through.

Cigarette holder, which wigs me
Over her shoulder, she digs me.
Out cattin' that satin doll.

Baby, shall we go out skippin?
Careful, amigo, you're flippin',
Speaks Latin, that satin doll.

She's nobody's fool so I'm playing it cool as can be.
I'll give it a whirl but I ain't for no girl catching me,

Telephone numbers, well you know,
Doin' my rhumbas with uno
And that'n, my Satin Doll.

Nancy Wilson

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