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BILLY STRAYHORN - Lush Life - A Centenary Tribute, His 44 Finest

BILLY STRAYHORN -  Lush Life - A Centenary Tribute, His 44 Finest
CD / Product Number: RTS4273

Taking New York's 'A' Train to Duke Ellington's Harlem office inspired pianist-composer-arranger-lyricist Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) to create his most famous work, signalling the start of a 27 year-long collaboration with the Duke. With Lush Life, Retrospective celebrates the centenary of this relatively unsung jazz genius, who notewriter Digby Fairweather describes as one of jazz music's most prodigious yet obscured talents. This unique collection is drawn solely from the Ellington-Strayhorn recorded canon (apart from the bonus extra of Nat King Cole's interpretation of Lush Life), and covers every aspect of Strayhorn's work as both pianist and composer. All his favourite, often botanically-flavoured, numbers are here - Passion Flower, Chelsea Bridge, Lotus Blossom, Raincheck, Johnny Come Lately etc. - some from both the full Ellington orchestra and his own solo piano. In fact there are 14 tracks from this most famous of all jazz orchestras, plus 14 either solo performances or Strayhorn-Ellington duets, plus 15 more that spotlight the inimitable alto saxophone artistry of Billy's friend Johnny Hodges, who was the supreme interpreter of Strayhorn's poetic music.


Disc 1

Kay Davis and Billy Strayhorn
1. Lush Life
Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra
2. Take the 'A' Train
3. After All
4. Something to Live For
5. Grievin'
6. Weely (A Portrait of Billy Strayhorn)
Barney Bigard and his Orchestra
7. Lost in Two Flats
Rex Stewart and his Orchestra
8. Linger Awhile
Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra
9. Just A-sittin' and A-rockin'
10. Clementine
Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra
11. Passion Flower
Billy Strayhorn with The Famous Duke Ellington Orchestra
12. Raincheck
13. Chelsea Bridge
14. Johnny Come Lately
15. Balcony Serenade
Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
16. Tonk
17. Drawing Room Blues
Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra
18. Midriff
Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra
19. Violet Blue
Billy Strayhorn
20. Halfway to Dawn
21. Tail Spin
Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra
22. A Flower Is a Lonesome Thing
23. Lotus Blossom
Bonus Track - Nat King Cole
24. Lush Life

Disc 2

Billy Strayhorn and his Trio
1. C Jam Blues
2. Johnny Come Lately
3. In a Blue Summer Garden
4. Great Times
Johnny Hodges and the Ellington Men
5. Snibor
6. Satin Doll
Billy Strayhorn and his Septet
7. Cherry
8. Gone With the Wind
9. Rose Room
10. Watch Your Cue
Billy Strasyhorn
11. Chelsea Bridge
12. Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'
13. Strange Feeling
14. Something to Live For
15. Take the 'A' Train
Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and his Orchestra
16. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
17. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
18. The Gal from Joe's
19. Day Dream
20. Your Love Has Faded