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Lush Life [CD]

Joe Henderson, Christian McBride Audio CD

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Listen  1. Isfahan 5:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Johnny Come Lately 6:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Blood Count 7:20Album Only
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Listen  5. Lotus Blossom 4:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing 6:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Take The A Train 7:12Album Only
Listen  8. Drawing Room Blues 7:32Album Only
Listen  9. U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group) 5:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Lush Life 4:560.79  Buy MP3 

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best jazz releases of the '90s 1 Jun 2000
By Tyler Smith - Published on
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Henderson, who had never really been away, returned to the public's consciousness with this remarkable tribute to Strayhorn's music. While he shows absolute respect for his subject's material, Henderson, with the help of some fine sidemen, firmly affixes his own personal stamp.
One strength of the album is that Henderson mixes up his approaches to Strayhorn's wonderfully varied music, offering everything from quintets to solo performances. The quintet includes Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, Stephen Scott on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums, a collection of some of the finest young talent around.
Marsalis's playing is strong throughout, but the music doesn't lag when he lays out. In fact, three of the strongest pieces on the CD feature the trio of Henderson, Scott and McBride ("Raincheck"), a duet of Hutchinson and Henderson ("Take the A Train") and Henderson playing alone ("Lush Life").
Throughout, Henderson gives his bandmates plenty of room. Scott is superb on "Lotus Blossom," Marsalis brings out the beauty of "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing," and McBride and Hutchinson shine throughout, Hutchinson in particular on "Rain Check" and "Take the A Train," which he shoves along like a locomotive heading for home.
As the previous reviewer said, it's a mystery why this CD hasn't been reviewed more often. It's been a staple of my collection ever since it came out and ever since I heard the first mysterious notes of "Isfahan" melt through the speakers. This is an all-timer...shame on you if you've missed it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic 20 Jan 2000
By Azmadoc - Published on
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I really cant believe I'm the first person to review this wonderful work. This album finally brought Joe Henderson the attention he deserves. It showcases Henderson's ability to play in multiple styles both between and within songs. Add to this standout performances from the other players: Christian McBride(as usual), Wynton Marsalis (who really delivers on several tracks- he was catching alot of flak in the jazz community at the time for being too "tradition bound" and he turned some heads with his playing here)and the rest. Though the group swings well, the ballads really hold up well with repeated listening. Of my collection of 100+ jazz records this is easily in my top five and second in number of times listened to only to Miles' "Kind of Blue" and maybe Wes Montgomery "Smokin at the Half Note".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush Album: Every Moment Worth Hearing 28 Dec 2004
By John Sollami - Published on
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This is a terrific collection of Billy Strayhorn compositions presented in surprisingly varied arrangements. The glue holding them all together is the late, great Joe Henderson and his forthright, beautiful, well-thought-out sax playing alongside bassist McBride. The pieces with Marsalis also really shine. There's never a dull moment in this rich recording, appropriately named Lush Life. Buy it and enjoy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 May 2002
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This has got to be one of the all time greatest albums ever recorded! Check out U.M.M.G. and Johnny Come Lately - hard blowin straight ahead jazz at its finest. The tone that Joe gets out of his instrument is amazing - perfect. Another notable thing about this album is that Joe has allowed it to be transcribed, so all you young sax players can take a lesson from the master...thanks Joe!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure from joe henderson. 26 Aug 2007
By fluffy, the human being. - Published on
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i've heard many joe henderson albums, and they are all excellent. don't know of a bad one. but this disc is really special. from the opening duo with bassist christian mcbride on the great composition "Isfahan," right through the stunning album closer: a solo saxophone version of "Lush Life," mr henderson takes this glorious batch of billy strayhorn melodies and adds his own special soulful beauty to their essence. each tune provides a backbone for some very heartfelt exploration. i would call this a must-have for all jazz fans.
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