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Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life

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Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life

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

We gave it a B+

Duke Ellington’s musical alter ego deserves more acclaim. Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life serves as a companion to a PBS documentary and offers fresh takes on signature Strayhorn tunes by a cast ranging from pianist Bill Charlap to Elvis Costello. Yet Strayhorn’s sublime swing and unmatched wit sparkle most via a quartet including saxophonist Joe Lovano and pianist Hank Jones, especially on ”Chelsea Bridge.”

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