Here’s yet another cool arrangement by the late, great Roland Dyens, played with pizzazz by his countryman Thibault Cauvin. This is the American Big Band standard Take the A Train, written by Billy Strayhorn, who was the principal arranger for composer-bandleader-pianist Duke Ellington for many years. Not surprisingly, Dyens’ take on the song manages to be faithful to the original while also turning it inside out and adding some wonderful touches. It was a huge hit for Ellington. Cauvin is one of many guitarists of the younger generation of French musicians who was deeply influenced by Dyens.


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Duke Ellington (L) and Billy Strayhorn