|This section suggests definitive or otherwise significant recordings that will help jazz students get acquainted with
“Flamingo.” These recordings have been selected from the Jazz History and
CD Recommendations sections.
Though he did not compose “Flamingo,” Duke Ellington is responsible for its most significant recording, a rendition by his classic big band of 1940 (Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band) featuring the vocals of Herb Jeffries. Jimmy Smith’s 1958 version (The Sermon) presents the tune in an instrumental small-group setting (featuring Lee Morgan and Kenny Burrell) and can also be seen as the origin of the song’s popularity among jazz organists.
Noah Baerman - Jazz Pianist and Educator