So I tried it out again. I performed The Clothed Woman live with my trio last night. I played it last winter, but I didn’t feel comfortable with that performance. Last night it was better.
Now I think I can end my obsession with this tune. Please refer to an earlier post, “Revealing Ellington’s The Clothed Woman“ for a transcription. I concentrated on the first part, the “A”–and tried as best I could to show how it is, indeed, a standard blues in F. I think I can polish my performance more, perhaps with a couple more performances smooth it out, play the blues a bit more “outside” for a while, but you can get a rough idea in this recording from last night. So dig it:
This will definitely be on my trio record.