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“It Don’t Mean a Thing IF YOU AIN’T GOT THAT SWING” BY: ALLISON BRATTON

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  • It Dont Mean a Thing IF YOU AINT GOT THAT SWING BY: ALLISON BRATTON
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  • History It Dont Mean a Thing, If You Aint Got That Swing was composed by Duke Ellington in 1932 It quickly became a jazz standard This version is was performed in 1961 Louis Armstrong sang and played the trumpet and Duke Ellington played the piano in this recording
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  • This is a picture of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington Around the time that this song was recorded.
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  • Analysis 4/4 time 2 measures of piano and percussion and bass Trumpet solo starts and continues for 14 and a half measures Singing starts on Pick up to measure 17 and trumpet stops back to the original piano and percussion with a little variation. The Verse continues for 2 measures, chorus for 9, bridge for 5 and back to chorus for 4.
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  • Analysis continued Louis Armstrong then sings the chorus with variation and adds scat for 9 measures, and then does the same with the verse for 4 and ends with the chorus for 4. Horn and clarinet go back and forth for 9 measures Piano solo for 4 And the songs ends with the horn and clarinet have a chase for 25 measures.
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  • Timbre This is a song that encourages dance. The feeling and movement of the song communicate that clearly! The instruments play in according to the lyrics. Louis Armstrong say swing a horn swings Louis says sing and a clarinet sings At the beginning the bass starts as a steady back-beat and than evolves to a quicker moving pace as the song gets more in intricate and involved. It helps create interest and that swing motion in the song.
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  • Timbre continued Something that makes this version unique is Louis Armstrong's unique style of trumpet playing The added clarinet to the song adds a great dialogue in addition to the trumpet
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