I always liked Dire Straits' tune Sultans of Swing, but for many years I've been disappointed the musical elements described in the lyrics were not present in the song. They say "A band is blowing Dixie", but there are no Dixieland instruments, nor any collective improv. Few people are coming in "to hear the jazz go down", but there's not a single jazz chord in the song. "Oh, but the horns they blowin' that sound", but there are no horns in the original recording (and later performances only include one saxophone). "He can play the Honky Tonk like anything" can be interpreted a number of ways, none of which are present. I always imagined an out-of-tune piano here. "They don't give a damn about any trumpet playin' band" but there's no trumpets. They "play Creole... Creole Blues" but there is neither rhythm nor soprano sax to allude to Sidney Bechet's passionate song. And finally, they "are the Sultans of Swing" but the song is not in swing time.

A while back I got the opportunity to learn how to arrange my own version. It was my first jazz chart, so I had to make six major revisions. Even so, tthere are still some kinks to iron out. But I finally got a decent read-thru of my arrangement. Without further ado, I present to you my vision for the song: