The Recording Industry

A lovely and cultivated article from the New Yorker (Part I & Part II):

"Ellington looked ravaged in a way that was only slightly softened by his courtesy. He looked like a man who was depleting his capital -- not so much by spending it as by giving it away. Ahmet and Duke Ellington kissed one, two, three, four times. Ahmet introduced his guests to Duke Ellington. 'Such a beautiful party,' Duke Ellington said. 'I was wondering who was supplying that wonderful pastel quality.'"
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