You Go To My Head: Strayhorn and Standards
 
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You Go To My Head: Strayhorn and Standards

May 29, 2007

$8.99
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Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
Autumn in New York
7:53
2
Where or When
3:43
3
The Man I Love
5:52
4
I'll Remember April
4:43
5
I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance
4:50
6
Moon River
3:27
7
Lover Man
6:32
8
You Go To My Head
5:19
9
Night and Day
3:01
10
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
3:21
11
I'll Buy That Dream
2:59
12
Skylark
4:21
13
I've Got the World on a String
4:35
14
Yesterdays
2:36


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 4, 2007
  • Label: Challenge Records
  • Copyright: 2007 Challenge Records
  • Total Length: 1:03:12
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  • ASIN: B000TPYV5G
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,324 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip Scott on August 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For most followers of Billy Strayhorn, there seems to be a narrow focus on his compostions only. With your permission I would like to say that most of us never fully realized that Billy had so many sides to his music mystique. When his name is mentioned most of us quickly utter the name of Duke Ellington.
After buying this cd I would like to mention that i'm vastly impressed with his arrangement skills. He really has an ear for creating great sounds in his music. I think he is a force to be reckoned with. It's just a crying shame that while he was alive that more people didn't give him the proper credit he deserved.
For this cd the orchestra proved that it was a great one and that it could create the sound that Billy wanted. It really made me a believer of it(the orchestra).
This is a rare cd by the fact that it offerd a great repertoire. Most cds offer a handful of good tunes and that's it.
If you love the sounds of jazz being performed by great musicians, then this is the cd for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Vale-Allen VINE VOICE on November 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderfully lush, beautifully produced collection of tunes--all Strayhorn arrangements, only one of which (Where or When, which was recorded with the Ellington orchestra) has previously been recorded commercially.
Faithful to the era, even the vocals (by Marjorie Barnes) have great authenticity -- feeling very right for the charts. Considerably more than mere background music, these arrangements (primarily from the 40s) are notable for their elegant tone. Particularly nice is vocalist Barnes's rendition of "Lover Man," and "Autumn in New York" has a distinctly Manhattan feel to it--evocative of the city when it rains and there's a kind of hurried hush to the atmosphere.
Very highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Burnette on May 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Billy Strayhorn's reputation has grown exponentially over the last few years, bolstered by excellent books (David Hadju's Lush Life and Walter van de Leur's Something to Live For) and albums devoted to his compositions. In this cd, the Dutch Jazz Orchestra offer 14 of Strayhorn's versions of jazz warhorses like "Night and Day" and "I'll Remember April." Strayhorn was a brilliant arranger, but the charts here aren't the best introduction to his work. The tunes included are familiar to a fault: it's easier to recognize Strayhorn's talent in his deconstructions of Disney, Tchaikovsky and the Beatles, where the challenge of making workable jazz from the material was so much greater. The performances by the DJO do not compel attention. The band sounds far too genteel, with the lack of roughage in the section-work especially striking given that Strayhorn tailored his charts to the idiosyncratic Ellingtonians. At times the record veers dangerously close to elevator music. I'll pick on two special offenders: Ack van Rooyen's solos are so burnished they induce drowsiness, and the drummers' relentless tink-tinka-tink becomes Chinese water torture by the middle of the disc. It's good to hear these arrangements, eight of which languished unrecorded until now, and impossible to believe that the DJO offers them with anything but the best intentions. The results are never less than professional. But there are better places to encounter Strayhorn's gifts. Joe Henderson's Lush Life comes to mind, or take van de Leur's book in hand and start combing through the vast Ellington catalog for Stray's many contributions. The DJO's earlier release Portrait of a Silk Thread, while it suffers from some of the faults discussed above, at least offers fresh Strayhorn compositions as opposed to merely arrangements.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
tHIS CD GOES TO MY HEAD LIKE A brain tumor LINGERING ROUND IN MY BRAIN, MAKES ME WANAN GET DRUNK WITH A GALLON OF CHAMPAIGNE... THIS IS A BAD CD, SKIP IT, AND BUY ELLINGTON INSTEAD
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Buy Duke Ellington Blanton Webster sessions, those feature Strayhorn himslf, this cd isn't roamntic and it doesn't take a rocket scientest to figure out how bad it is, it's just ok, but it isn't romantic.
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