In A Sentimental Mood

Basic Info

ComposerDuke Ellington
LyricistIrving Mills, Manny Kurtz


Analyze Sheet

In A Sentimental Mood Analysis Sheet

  • A section mainly sounds the relative minor, and B section modules to bIV major.
  • Sometimes the first 2 bars of A section is re-harmonized by starting with #IVm7(b5), especially the last A section.


  • On April 30, 1935, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra introduced “In a Sentimental Mood”. from Wikipedia


  • The original record on the Brunswick label on April 30 in 1935. from YouTube

Sample Record

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet (1953)Sonny Rollins(ts), John Lewis(pf), Milt Jackson(vib), Percy Heath(b), Kenny Clarke(dr)A historical recording.
The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 2 (1955)
Art Tatum(pf), Roy Eldridge(tp), John Simmons(b), Alvin Stoller(dr)
Sings The Duke Ellington Songbook (1956)Ella Fitzgerald(vo), Barney Kessel(gt)Guitar & vocal duo.
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (1962)Dule Ellington(pf), John Coltrane(ts,ss), Aaron Bell(b), Elvin Jones(dr)A historical recording.
Montreux III (1975)
Bill Evans(pf), Eddie Gomez(b)Piano & bass duo.
Seven Steps To Heaven (1995)Ray Brown(b), Benny Green(pf), Ulf Wakenius(gt), Gregory Hutchinson(dr)The last A section is re-harmonized.