Duke Ellington was an impatient man, because he wanted to hear instantly what he wrote for his orchestra.
And he was – like yours truly – one of those “last-minute-types” when it came to composing/ arranging music.
Maybe he needed this kind of pressure, maybe he got his best ideas when he was confronted with an ultimate, an unalterable deadline.
Here’s the Duke in one of those last-minute-actions, holding a freshly written part of “FAR EAST SUITE” before Johnny Hodges eyes who may have had no time to rehearse it with the orchestra.
Lovely, isn’t it?[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2U1MGX8SLU&w=420&h=345]