Theme 1B – 8-bar quick Caribbean groove
Variation on Theme 1A
Variation on Theme 1B; last two bars (2:08 – 2:10) transition to section 2.
Four-bar passage by saxophones; shout from Ellington at 2:22 announces
Theme 2 – 8-bar plunger-mute trumpet makes two-bar statement, then joined by second trumpet.
New riff – by two trumpets, only 4 bars this time; the rhythm comes from traditional Jamaican music. (Piano, with a groove from the Bahamas, is audible in the breaks.)
Trombone plays 2-bar vamp, drawn from traditional Puerto Rican music; vamp repeats with reeds and trumpet counterpoint at 2:40, then restated as a turnaround at 2:42
One beat on the floor tom kicks off another vamp, this time with reeds playing second, syncopated vamp over top; trumpets still playing counterpoint; continues for 12 bars
(3:00) Restatement, with some alteration, of Theme 2, trumpets and clarinets reaching zenith at 3:13
Saxophones repeat the last six-note phrase of Theme 2, sotto voce, three times
Trumpets and clarinets play same six-note phrase in crescendo, for a cap…but clarinet lingers for the lead into “Emancipation Celebration”
ii. Emancipation Celebration
Lone, low clarinet (Harry Carney) meanders slowly, ponderously, with horns responding at 3:28 with quick “Yankee Doodle went to town” phrase
Carney now joined by tenor sax (Ben Webster) and the two climb to a dreamy partial statement of main theme that’s then punctuated by the horns (3:37); sax and clarinet wind slowly down, then horns again pick up (3:50), joined by reeds and building up to a clarinet crescendo (3:56).
Horns blast, drums crash, repeat, and 7-bar “Emancipation Celebration” theme appears at 4:03 on cornet (Rex Stewart) with reeds underscoring.
Reeds enter the front line and respond to theme for 6 bars, with cornet returning for quick tag on the 7th and 8th bars.
Stewart restates theme, this time full 8 bars with reeds underscoring
Trombone joins trumpet for Variation 1 (8 bars) on theme, reeds still underscoring.
Reeds restate of Variation 1, this time with trombone and trumpet underscoring