I was very privileged yesterday to play a small, insignificant role in Rob Lapansee’s quest to set the Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon dressed as a fruit – yes, it’s a thing (click HERE) – but what initially intended to be an easy 21.1k cycle down the Niagara Parkway, did end up being a very long day in the saddle navigating back and forth between Fort Erie and Niagara Falls; all in gale force winds. Needless to say, I am 100% whooped today and have little motivation to do anything this afternoon beyond this short and sweet yoga stretch with the ‘A Date with the Duke (Hurricane Club, New York City, 1943-1944)‘ album by Duke Ellington.
This listen concludes the trio of “Duke Ellington Collector’s Society” records I purchased a few weeks back at Niagara Records in St. Catharines.
It’s also likely my favorite to boot.
This last installment (of my investment anyway) is listed as “Caracol 435” and was recorded at the infamous (now defunct) Hurricane Club in New York City, during several different performances dating between 1943 and 1944. The band at that time featured Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Taft Jordan, Harry Carney and, well, the usual cast of talented characters as the past two albums.
Like the others, it’s an entertaining listen for 30 minutes of light and relaxed yoga stretching on my mat this afternoon. I might got to the gym to lift some iron later but, right now, I’m just interested in taking it easy with the Duke.