This week’s edition is dedicated to those in Alabama and Florida who took it in the chin from Hurricane Sally.
Ill Wind was written in 1934 by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler for The Cotton Club Parade. It’s a sad song with lyrics and a melody that fit our troubled times. It *was* written during the First Great Depression, after all.
We begin with a 1955 version from the patron saint of the Friday Cocktail Hour:
Next up, a late career version from Lady Day featuring some stellar guitar picking by the great Barney Kessell:
Sax great Ben Webster blew on Billie’s Ill Wind, then recorded it the next year:
Lonette McKee performed Ill Wind in the troubled 1984 film, The Cotton Club:
Finally, an appropriately bluesy instrumental interpretation by jazz guitarists Larry Coryell and Emily Remler:
That’s it for this week. Pour yourself a drink and toast those who survived Hurricanes Sally and Laura. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want you to do. Never argue with them, y’all.