I was beginning to start working on a Christmas playlist to start later this week and I started by starting to look for Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker Suite when out of habit I searched for a Rhapsody instead and found his arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue.

Now I try not to repeat most of the better known Rhapsodies too much (you know who; Gershwin, Liszt, Brahms and Queen) the whole point of these posts are to discover new material. But to listen to two of the greatest American composers combined… well… please forgive me my moment of weakness.