The Taser's Edge

Duke Ellington Nutcracker

While I don’t hold Christmas music to the requirement to be “good,” and I actually delight in some objectively terrible Christmas music, Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker Suite, found as the first nine tracks of his 1960 release, Three Suites, is good. Check out his take on Tchaikovsky’s justly overplayed “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” re-styled “Sugar Rum Cherry”: