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Blood Count

By Ian Smith. A journalist visits a recording studio to conduct an interview with Duke Ellington, in search of some answers about their methods and the question of artistic credit.

A day in the musical life and relationship of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn as they record Strayhorn's final composition, 'Blood Count'. An interview with Time Magazine reveals some truths about their working methods and the question of artistic credit. The action takes place during a recording session, and is based on extensive research into the working relationship of the two men. By Ian Smith.

Musicians: Matt Home (drums) Andrew Cleyndert (bass) Dave Newton (piano) Ian Smith (trumpet) and Alan Barnes (reeds)

Directed by Martin Smith
A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

45 minutes

Last on

Fri 29 Jan 2016 14:15


Role Contributor
Duke Ellington Clarke Peters
Billy Strayhorn Don Gilet
Elaine Robillard Ashleigh Haddad
Harry Carney Steve Toussaint
Writer Ian Smith
Producer Martin Smith


  • Fri 11 Apr 2014 14:15
  • Fri 29 Jan 2016 14:15

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