Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Talking about jazz standards and someone mentioned how boring they are. Far from it, it's the musical version of Monet's much-beloved Water Lillies. Let's take a look at variations of a wonderful Duke Ellington composition, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me.
Duke Ellington Orchestra
This is more or less the original (I’m generalizing here; please don’t take this literally, I’m certain there’s far earlier recordings available).
Sadly, the preview of this doesn’t do justice to the song. Clark Terry’s solos are wonderful around 3/4 of the way through the track.
Something about this song really sticks with me and I find myself humming this version. Mose Allison’s voice is charming here. This is also the reason for displaying Tidal tracks. Mose only has 1 version available on Spotify, and it’s not nearly as good as this.
Cal Tjader & Carmen McRae
This is a fun take on the standard.
Louis Armstrong & Duke Elllington
This is one of my absolute favorites. It’s a bit more upbeat and Armstrong’s voice adds a world of character.