Lush Life: The Billy Strayhorn Songbook

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
As an informal soundtrack for his revealing biography of Billy Strayhorn, Lush Life, David Hajdu selected and annotated the tracks for this rambling dig through the PolyGram archives. In doing so, Hajdu ranges far afield in date and idiom, yet the overall impression is amazingly consistent of Strayhorn as an elegant yet haunted musical figure whose work has a strikingly individual and timeless signature. Strayhorn himself is typically lodged in the background, appearing on two lovely Johnny Hodges tracks, "Your Love Has Faded" and "Three and Six," a Louie Bellson rarity, "Far-Eastern Weekend," and Ben Webster's "Chelsea Bridge" in various roles arranging, conducting, ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
As an informal soundtrack for his revealing biography of Billy Strayhorn, Lush Life, David Hajdu selected and annotated the tracks for this rambling dig through the PolyGram archives. In doing so, Hajdu ranges far afield in date and idiom, yet the overall impression is amazingly consistent of Strayhorn as an elegant yet haunted musical figure whose work has a strikingly individual and timeless signature. Strayhorn himself is typically lodged in the background, appearing on two lovely Johnny Hodges tracks, "Your Love Has Faded" and "Three and Six," a Louie Bellson rarity, "Far-Eastern Weekend," and Ben Webster's "Chelsea Bridge" in various roles arranging, conducting, and playing piano. Yet the mighty Ellington band only turns up on on "Something to Live For," suavely backing a marvelously evocative Ella Fitzgerald interpretation. Given the tone of the book, one imagines that the scarcity of Ellington tracks was deliberate, to let Strayhorn's work shine on its own without having to compete with Duke's flashy aura. A few random high points: Dizzy Gillespie's pithy, witty, and swinging solo in "U.M.M.G.," a great, dynamic Oliver Nelson chart backing Art Farmer's "Rain Check," Cecil Taylor's slightly fractured version of "Johnny Come Lately" live at Newport, and the inevitable "Take the 'A' Train" in a JATP jam. Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Frank Morgan, Billy Eckstine, Joe Henderson, and Stan Getz also turn up as leaders. Ultimately, Ellington's passionate And His Mother Called Him Bill album remains the essential Strayhorn sampler, with this disc as a backup to illustrate the impact he has had upon the jazz repertoire.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/1996
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452990822
  • Catalog Number: 529908

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lalo Schifrin Piano
Tony Scott Clarinet
Ray Barretto Percussion
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Louie Bellson Drums, Tambourine, Track Performer
Bill Berry Trumpet
Phil Bodner Woodwind
George Cables Piano
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Buddy Collette Saxophone
Art Davis Bass
Billy Eckstine Vocals, Track Performer
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Art Farmer Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals, Track Performer
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet, Track Performer
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Urbie Green Trombone
Jim Hall Guitar
Joe Henderson Tenor Saxophone
The Hi-Lo's Vocals, Group
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Hank Jones Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Steve Lacy Soprano Saxophone
Frank Morgan Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Ray Nance Trumpet
Oliver Nelson Conductor
Oscar Peterson Piano, Track Performer
Rufus Reid Bass
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Paul Serrano Trumpet
Cecil Taylor Piano, Track Performer
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Shorty Baker Trumpet
Aaron Bell Bass
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Stan Levey Drums
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Jimmy Woode Bass
Robert DiDomenica Flute
Victor Lewis Drums
Willie Rodriguez Percussion
Hal Mooney Conductor
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Chuck Connors Trombone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Denis Charles Drums
Ray Copeland Trumpet
George Duvivier Bass
Lewis Nash Drums
Ray Alonge Trombone, French Horn
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone, Woodwind
Kenny Barron Piano
Raymond Beckenstein Woodwind
Max Bennett Bass
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Richard Berg Trombone
Ray Brown Bass
Billy Byers Trombone
James Buffington French Horn
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney Baritone Saxophone
Mac Ceppos Violin
Clark Terry Trumpet
Buster Cooper Trombone
Richard Dickler Viola
Duke Ellington Orchestra Conductor
Rolf Ericson Trumpet
Ernie Wilkins Alto Saxophone
Paul Faulise Bass Trombone
John Frost Trumpet
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Bennie Green Trombone
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Al Hendrickson Guitar
Jimmy Jones Piano
John Lamb Bass
Jay McAllister Tuba
Christian McBride Bass
Ed Mullens Trumpet
John Murtaugh Woodwind
Buell Neidlinger Bass
Jack Nimitz Saxophone
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern French Horn
David Novales Violin
Romeo Penque Woodwind
Charlie Persip Drums
Seymour Red Press Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Mischa Russell Violin
Sarah Vaughan Vocals, Track Performer
Doc Severinsen Trumpet
Billy Strayhorn Piano, Conductor, Track Performer
Tony Studd Bass Trombone
Bobby Tucker Conductor
Sam Woodyard Drums
Snooky Young Trumpet
Joe Singer French Horn
Ernie Bright Woodwind
Stanley Webb Woodwind
Jimmy Zito Trumpet
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Track Performer
David Williams Bass
Hal Mooney Orchestra Track Performer
Tommy Mitchell Trombone
Eddie Wasserman Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Jones Trumpet
Jazz at the Philharmonic All-Stars Group, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Louie Bellson Composer
Stan Getz Producer
Oliver Nelson Arranger
Don Sickler Producer
Hal Mooney Arranger
Norman Granz Producer
George Devens Contributor
Clare Fischer Arranger
Jimmy Jones Arranger
Michael Lang Executive Producer
Seymour Red Press Composer
Peter Pullman Contributor, Notes Editing
Richard Seidel Producer
Bob Shad Producer
John Snyder Producer
Billy Strayhorn Arranger, Composer
Jack Tracy Producer
Bobby Tucker Arranger
Ib Skovgaard Producer
David Hajdu Liner Notes
Nichell Delvaille Contributor
T. Cohan Composer
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