Written in 1939 by Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers.
Released in 1955 – Sam “The Man” Taylor and His Orchestra.
There are so many great versions of this song I probably haven’t heard them all.
Bandleader Randy Brooks was the first to record it and adopt it as his theme song. But the artists and bands that followed and covered it were in the masses.
Duke Ellington, Harry James, Earl Bostic, King Curtis just to name a few. But my favorite version that I think is the sexiest is Sam Taylor’s. He just put something extra on this number the others just didn’t do. This kind of muse has to move you down into the depths. It brings out all the right kind of inhibitions if with the right man or if a man the right woman.
It’s seductive and its sweat dripping hot. A midnight interlude that can start out as a dance that turns into an entire wee hours morning of ecstasy. You want the sound of that sax to go on forever like an orgasm that never stops.
Harlem Nocturne is one of the best Jazz pieces ever written and it will always remain timeless. It just gets better the blusier one can make it.
Other favorite versions:
Mel Torme ( awesome muse and vocals )
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