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It opens with a now-famous sax section theme, and is joined by trumpets and trombones after 13 counts. It has two main solo sections; a “tenor fight” solo—in the most famous recording, between Tex Beneke and Al Klink—and a 16-bar trumpet solo. It is also famous for its ending.
The song was composed by Joe Garland and Andy Razaf, and arranged by Glenn Miller. The main theme previously appeared under the title of “Tar Paper Stomp (Wingy’s Stomp) (08-28-30)”, credited to jazz trumpeter/bandleader Wingy Manone, who recorded it several times in 1929 and 1930. A story says that after “In the Mood” became a hit, Manone was paid by Miller and his record company not to contest the copyright.
The main theme also occurs in the Horace Henderson arrangement of “Hot and Anxious”; recorded by his brother’s band - The Flecther Henderson Orchestra.
Last edited by rwitte on 1 Sep 2009, 21:24
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