Happy 2023. This month's tune is one I call a lot, it's liked a spiced up version of Dinah. In fact, it's credited in DFB as being written by Django, "based on Dinah". It also has the relatively unique distinction of being in A flat. While I love that, sometimes that will make a tired bass player cringe. Django first recorded it in December of 1940 but my favorite version is from the Rome Sessions in 1950. The listener gets treated to the fine clarinet work of Andre Ekyan, as well as Django's superb electric tone. Here's a link to that version:
Note that Django references the head to Dinah when he begins his solo. I'll post the chart that my trio uses later. I'll also dig out a very hip version of it by Babik (on archtop) with Eugene Vees & Vivian Villerstein on violin from 1960 and post it later as well.