Sam never reveals his past [as Sam, or never remembers it after entering the time machine], and he eventually becomes the dictator of Russia.
Some philosophers believe Sam's time travel can be ruled out because of its inconsistency with our normal assumption that people are born before they die, never after they die, but most philosophers believe that the normal assumption can be revised with no harm.
Another implication of Sam's time travel that influences the past is his apparent violation of the law of conservation of matter by popping into existence in 1900.
Carney, who also pioneered circular breathing, was the longest lasting member of the orchestra, joining in 1927 and remaining with the group until his death in 1974 (just several months after Ellington's).
Lawrence Brown brought a buttery, elegant trombone style that conflicted with that of Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, who was the originator of many unique trombone stylings, most notably the plunger mute technique.
The feature "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue", with saxophonist Paul Gonsalves's six-minute saxophone solo, had been in the band's book for a while, but on this occasion it nearly created a riot.
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