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Lush Life

4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lush Life
  2. Passion Flower
  3. U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)
  4. Smada
  5. Passion Flower
  6. Take the "A" Train
  7. Day Dream
  8. Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'
  9. Rain Check
  10. Chelsea Bridge
  11. Multi-Colored Blue
  12. Pick Side
  13. Oink
  14. Your Love Has Faded
  15. Love Came
  16. A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
  17. Passed Me By
  18. Something to Live For
  19. Love Came
  20. Baby Clementine


Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (September 15, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Label: Sony Music Entertain
  • ASIN: B00000EIN6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,698,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Anyone who loves the music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington must have this album. It features the music of Strayhorn as played by the Ellington orchestra (a rare and excellent recording of Passion Flower featuring Johnny Hodges), Strayhorn the singer!(Lush Life), small group recordings featuring Strayhorn on piano in familiar songs rearranged for the small group. The real value of this album, however, is the insight it gives to the listener of the true genius of Strayhorn. Hearing him on piano in the small group sessions is incredible. His playing of Day Dream is beyond description. Also, hearing a compilation of his songs featuring the vocals of Ozzie Bailey with Strayhorn on piano (Your Love has Faded, Something to Live For, and my favorite Multicolored Blue) gives insight into the pain that Strayhorn must have experienced during his life. Truly, I listen to this album daily, always finding somthing new and wishing I could have seen Strayhorn perform in person.
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I've been waiting to hear this recording for years...to date I've only heard Mr. Strayhorn's rendition of "Lush Life" and was completely blown away by it, this is definitely a must have.
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This is a consistently fine compilation of recordings from the mid-Sixties, the biggest single block being five-piece recordings featuring Strayhorn on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Clark Terry on flugelhorn, non-Ellingtonians on drums and soprano. There is one large orchestra piece and several piano trios (one of these, "Just a-settin' and a-rockin'", featuring Ellington rather than Strayhorn on piano). The bravura piece, though, is Strayhorn's own performance of his composition "Lush Life", first performed by him in the 1948 Carnegie Hall concert. Here, however, he sings, accompanying himself on piano with some minimal bass and steel atmospherics. No one would claim that Strayhorn was a great singer, but this performance in peculiarly affecting. Better than Johnny Hartman and Coltrane, believe it or not.

In spite of a couple of intrusions by Duke, it's usually Strayhorn on the piano here. I personally have always found Duke the more individualistic and charismatic pianist, but on this compilation we hear Strayhorn to great advantage, and find, if we didn't know it already, that Strayhorn was the finer pianist, more studied, subtler and more introspective. Several of these performances are very advanced, pianistically, and really add a note to the Ellington/Strayhorn oeuvre that I had not sensed before.

Very fine in every way. Looks like current distributors, whoever they are, can demand big bucks for this disc. I suppose we'll just have to cough it up; every Ellington/Strayhorn fan would want to hear these recordings more than a couple of times, I would think.
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One half of the only musical partnership of the 20th century as successful and productive as that of Lennon and McCartney--a man who wrote the most sophisticated, world-weary song of all time, "Lush Life," when he was 16, and wrote one of his greatest compositions, "Blood Count," as he lay dying in hospital. He and the immortal Duke Ellington used to finish each other's compositions. This album is a rare and important treasure, one of stunningly few recorded glimpses into the genius of Billy Strayhorn.
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