In a Sentimental Mood

Composer Duke Ellington
Lyricist Manny Kurtz, Irving Mills
Year Written 1935
About In a Sentimental Mood
One of Duke Ellington’s most beautiful melodies, “In a Sentimental Mood” was composed in 1935, with the lyrics added later. The original 1935 Ellington recording features Otto Hardwick on alto sax; Benny Goodman recorded it that same year. Though the song has always been popular and is widely recorded, the 1962 recording with Ellington and John Coltrane is considered to be one of the most notable instrumental recordings.


In a sentimental mood I can see
The stars come through my room
While your loving attitude
Is like a flame that lights the gloom

On the wings of every kiss
Drift a melody so strange and sweet
In this sentimental bliss
You make my paradise complete

Rose pearls seem to fall
It’s all like a dream to call you mine
My heart’s lighter thing
Since you made me this night a thing divine

In a sentimental mood
I’m within a world so heavenly
For I never dreamt
That you’d be loving sentimental me

Session / Album Information


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

In A Sentimental Mood

Listen to In A Sentimental Mood on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1999.

This recording released on:

  • 1998: Columbia CD: CK 63668 — Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool
  • 2011: Disc #65 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK63) Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool

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