Steve Futterman
May 03, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Lush Life: The Billy Strayhorn Songbook

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
Verve
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A

As Duke Ellington’s trusted writing and arranging partner, Billy Strayhorn lived in the great man’s shadow, but a number of superb compositions bear Strayhorn’s name only. This compilation (supervised by EW editor and Strayhorn biographer David Hajdu) brings together inspired reinterpretations, including Ben Webster’s ”Chelsea Bridge” and Cecil Taylor’s ”Johnny Come Lately.” Lush Life: The Billy Strayhorn Songbook has brilliant performances that honor a brilliant man. A

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