Duke Ellington - Blood Count (Billy Strayhorn) (by sofullyours)
“Blood Count" is a 1967 jazz composition by Billy Strayhorn. It was originally meant for a three-piece work Strayhorn was writing for Duke Ellington and initially titled “Blue Cloud”.However, Strayhorn was hospitalized in 1967 due to cancer and finished the composition while in the hospital. He died on 31 May and “Blood Count” was his last finished composition.
Blood Count is ripe with Saudade and could be seen as a eulogy for one of America’s greatest song writers.