Song of the Week: “Caravan” by Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus and Max Roach

by Douglas Cowie on 2 November 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Caravan” by Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus and Max Roach:

“Caravan” was written by trombonist Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington, and has been performed and recorded a billion times (give or take) since the first recording in 1936. This version gives you a chance to hear three great musicians across two generations, including Duke Ellington himself, breathing their own life into the song. I really like Duke’s playing on this one, and it’s kind of a marvel to hear a song’s composer playing a song he’s been playing for almost thirty years as though it’s brand-new fresh.

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