Azure

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PROFILE
Composer Duke Ellington
Lyricist Irving Mills
Year Written 1937
About Azure
In his liner notes for Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett, Bennett writes of “Azure” that “the composition of this song is the absolute pinnacle of inventiveness and originality as it relates to the art of music composition.”

Lyrics

Drifting, dreaming
In an azure mood
Stardust gleaming
Through my solitude

Here in my seclusion
You’re a blue illusion
While I’m in this azure interlude
I’m not wanted
I’m so all alone

Always haunted
By the dreams I own
But though I’m tormented
I must be contented

Drifting, dreaming
In an azure mood

Drifting, dreaming
In an azure mood

Drifting, dreaming
In an azure mood

Session / Album Information

1999

“Azure” was recorded in May 1999 and released that same year on the album Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 1998: Columbia CD: CK 63668 — Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2011: Disc #65 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK63) Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool
  • 2013: Columbia/Legacy – Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

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