"It Don't Mean a Thing..."
Q: BRANT: Although there are many “Teresa Brewer Sounds,” my very favorite is the one that made all those hit records. I have recently given some of your jazz albums the time of day and I must admit that I love them. I don’t know what took me so long to get with the program! My favorite jazz album of yours seems to be the one that I am listening to at that particular moment. You certainly recorded with the crème de la crème of the jazz world. If I had to choose just one to be my favorite, it would probably be the album you did with Duke Ellington, It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing. How did that excellent recording come about?
A: TERESA: “I was performing at the top of Rockefeller Center (the Rainbow Grille) in Manhattan in 1973 and Duke Ellington came to see one of the shows. Afterwards, we visited in the dressing room there. I had made an album with Count Basie earlier that year and one of the first things Duke said to me backstage was ‘When are we – you and I – going to do an album together?’ In no time at all, we were in the recording studio. It was as simple as that! Most of the songs were done in just one or two takes. Duke felt that spontaneity disappeared if we did them over and over again, and he was right. I am pleased you like the album so much. It’s a favorite of mine, too.”
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