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Lush Life: The Billy Strayhorn Songbook

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Lush Life: The Billy Strayhorn Songbook

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Various Artists
Producers:
Verve
genre:
Jazz

We gave it an A

As Duke Ellington’s trusted writing and arranging partner, Billy Strayhorn lived in the great man’s shadow, but a number of superb compositions bear Strayhorn’s name only. This compilation (supervised by EW editor and Strayhorn biographer David Hajdu) brings together inspired reinterpretations, including Ben Webster’s ”Chelsea Bridge” and Cecil Taylor’s ”Johnny Come Lately.” Lush Life: The Billy Strayhorn Songbook has brilliant performances that honor a brilliant man. A