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Train Songs No.5: ‘Take the A Train’ by Duke Ellington

This train song takes us┬áback to 1943 and a rendition of a signature Duke Ellington/Billie Strayhorn number, taken from the movie Reveille with Beverly. The spinning record in the centre of the screen merges with footage of an oncoming locomotive over some ominous, Hitchcockian brass figures, and then we are on board an express train and the full Ellington band are there too, all polished brass and immaculate white suits.┬áDuke flirts shamelessly with the camera, his right hand hopping as…

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