It’s going to be a busy day, business and training-wise. I’ve already completed my 3500m swim and I still have an afternoon run and a session with the weights later on this evening but, before those I have my daily core workout (Day 46) to content with over some old school Jazz Boner, the ‘Indigos‘ album by Duke Ellington.
My version is the original 1958 album, which does not contain the two added tracks ‘Night and Day‘ and ‘All The Things You Are‘ which were added to the reissue in 1987.
Standing in the shadows of other masterworks like ‘A Drum Is A Woman‘ and ‘Ellington at Newport‘, this is a neglected gem from the mid-50’s Ducal discography. Unlike the other albums, ‘Indigos‘ was marketed as a “commercial album”, specifically made for dancing…or, as in my case this morning, planking.
To each their own.
But Ellington apparently doesn’t take orders from the marketing department because most of the tracks are far too slow to move around a dance floor too and there are virtually no up-tempo numbers at all.
In other words, it’s definitely fantastic for planking.
While the album ultimately sold well and received good reviews at the time, it’s been largely ignored by jazz critics and historians which, doesn’t bother me in the slightest as I prefer to be my own critic at the end of the day. And I think this album contains some exceptional performances.