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Lush Life-The Music Of Billy Strayhorn
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Lush Life-The Music Of Billy Strayhorn

1 Mar. 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1992
  • Release Date: 1 Mar. 2004
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1992 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:01:30
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  • ASIN: B001KNK0HY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,874 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Bawden jazz fan on 7 May 2014
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I have been a devoted Ellington/ Strayhorn fan for a very long while and collect not only Ellington records but tribute albums of which their are many. This album escaped me until a year or so ago....and now I discover that there is no review on amazon. Well there is now!

This album was recorded on 1991 some thirty years after Joe hit the commercial world of jazz. Over these years he has honed his style and tone. On this he has a more breathy sound, more Ben Websterish. It is entirely appropriate for a collection of Strayhorn songs.

On this album JH plays solo (once), duet (three times), trio (twice), quartet (once)and quintet (three times). His fellow musicians are the unknown (to me) pianist Steven Scott (who plays impeccably) and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, and the now well known Christian McBride, playing his resounding bass, and "jazz super-star" Winston Marsalis (enough said).

From the opening duet, with bass, "Isfahan" to the end of the solo "Lush Life" the album is a delight. There is a variety of themes and tempos, so listening to each track holds one's attention. The tunes chosen very nearly rate as the Strayhorn top ten (nothing from "such Sweet Thunder") but in addition to those mentioned, we have for example "Blood Count", "Lotus Blossom", " A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing" along with an excellent quintet version of "Johnny Come Lately".

You don't have to like Strayhorn (but who doesn't?) or even Joe Henderson specifically to realise that this is an album for anyone who likes good music of any genre.

Originally awarded five stars by Allmusic on its release in 1992, it could reasonable justify more! This album should be in YOUR collection.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
One of the best jazz releases of the '90s 1 Jun. 2000
By Tyler Smith - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An absolute classic 20 Jan. 2000
By Dr Funkenstein - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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".
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Lush Album: Every Moment Worth Hearing 28 Dec. 2004
By John Sollami - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 7 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
My Kind of Jazz 31 May 2007
By Nikica Gilic - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Having heard Strayhorn's music performed by Ellington, Hodges, Gillespie, Coltrane, Hartman, Torme (and others), I was quite curious what would Henderson do, joined by Wynton Marsalis and some other young lions in the rhythm section, notably Stephen Scott on piano, Christian McBride on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums, a more than suitable line-up to join Henderson and Marsalis.


Since so many people wrote fine descriptions of this music, I'll just add that I agree with most of them. The music is imaginative, tradition-consciouss and swinging, like some sort of lyrical version of Charlie Mingus. Henderson's solo rendition of "Lush Life" is obvious favorite of the album but the number of great performances on this album is indeed great (listen, for example to lovely "Lotus Blossom", played in duet with Stephen Scott...)

They say this album sold well (partly due to marketing); I don't like financial pressures on art, but when great artists earn some money it kinda pleases me...

I feal this is far more subtle jazz "hit" than some other popular jazz records I don't care to mention at this point out of sheer respect for the work of this fine group (or these fine groups, since the musicians play in various combinations; from Henderson's solo to full quintet, with Henderson being the only one playing on all songs).
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