Before we leave Marco polo and the Silk Road and Xanadu and all those horrible camel gags, let’s pause to enjoy Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington’s fantastic jazz number, Caravan. Here’s Buddy Rich and his big band (this clip is mostly about Buddy’s drum solo).
Here’s another version of the same number—
And here’s the best one, in my opinion, by the girl-group Bond. I think they precisely nail the romantic, exotic vibe conjured by the word ‘caravan.’
Sunday, 02/02/2020 UPDATE! Why couldn’t I find this earlier? Here he is, the man himself: Duke Ellington and his Orchestra playing Caravan from 1937—