Billy Strayhorn

Billy Strayhorn - The Peaceful Side (1963) Remastered Reissue 1996

Billy Strayhorn - The Peaceful Side (1963) Remastered Reissue 1996
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 128 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 88 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Piano Jazz, Bop, Cool | Label: Capitol Jazz | # CDP 7243 8 52563 2 5 | Time: 00:35:26

This is a little-known and rather melancholy set, virtually Billy Strayhorn's only recording away from the world of Duke Ellington. The focus is totally on Strayhorn's piano throughout his interpretations of ten of his compositions (including "Lush Life," "Take the 'A' Train," and "Something to Live For"). Three selections have the Paris Blue Notes adding sparse wordless vocals, two other numbers add some quiet playing by the Paris String Quartet, and bassist Michel Goudret is on five of the ten selections (including one apiece with the strings and the voices). "Strange Feeling" and "Chelsea Bridge" are taken as unaccompanied piano solos. Of the ten songs, only "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'" hints at happiness; otherwise, Strayhorn's melodic and concise playing is quite somber, peaceful in volume but filled with inner tension.

Billy Strayhorn - Lush Life (1992)  Music

Posted by Designol at Oct. 17, 2016
Billy Strayhorn - Lush Life (1992)

Billy Strayhorn - Lush Life (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 346 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Bop, Cool, Swing, Piano Jazz | Label: Red Baron | # AK 52760 | Time: 01:09:23

Although not initially released until 1992, 25 years after composer Billy Strayhorn's death, this is his definitive CD. Strayhorn is heard singing "Lush Life" while backed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1964 (his voice is not strong but his phrasing is quite sincere), jamming on piano with flügelhornist Clark Terry and Bob Wilbur (on clarinet and soprano) in a quintet, backing singer Ozzie Bailey, and taking a pair of piano solos ("Love Came" and "Baby Clementine"). These are very valuable and intriguing recordings, shedding some new light on a nearly invisible genius.
Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn And The Orchestra (1962/2011/2014) [DSD64 + FLAC]

Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn And The Orchestra (1962/2011/2014)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 37:07 minutes | 1,04 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 37:07 minutes | 726 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Recorded during the last decade of his long tenure with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, this album finds the great alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges' musical gifts not only intact but stronger than ever. Featuring the Ellington band - with Jimmy Jones on piano and Billy Strayhorn as bandleader and arranger - it is a fascinating program of Ellington remakes, including tome of the orchestra's most familiar numbers, all of which have been given subtle new orchestrations by Strayhorn and melodious new interpretations by Hodges.
Jax Jazz Collective - Lotus Blossom: The Music of Billy Strayhorn (2014)

Jax Jazz Collective - Lotus Blossom: The Music of Billy Strayhorn (2014)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 52:16 min | 121 MB
Genre: Modern Jazz | Label: J-Bo Records

A modern jazz sextet from Jacksonville, FL plays the music of Billy Strayhorn, featuring creative new versions of classic melodies.
Joe Henderson - Lush Life: The Music Of Billy Strayhorn (1992) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Joe Henderson - Lush Life: The Music Of Billy Strayhorn (1992) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:43 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,26 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,16 GB
Dutch Jazz Orchestra - Portrait of a Silk Thread - Newly Discovered Works of Billy Strayhorn (1996)

Dutch Jazz Orchestra - Portrait of a Silk Thread - Newly Discovered Works of Billy Strayhorn (1996)
MP3 320Kbs CBR - 158 MB | + 3% Recovery
Genre: Jazz / Big Band | Label: Kokopelli Records | Catalogue No: KOKO 1310
Wupload & Filesonic & Fileserve

This is a historically significant CD for it features the Dutch Jazz Orchestra performing a dozen Billy Strayhorn numbers, including eight that 28 years after the composer's death were finally receiving their world premiere recording. The 16-piece big band does not attempt to sound like Duke Ellington's Orchestra but there are strong hints of Duke's ensemble in the arrangements. The quality of the music is consistently high, the soloists are respectful but creative to Strayhorn's recently discovered pieces and the overall results are quite memorable. ~ Scott Yanow

Joe Henderson - Lush Life: The Music Of Billy Strayhorn  

Posted by odoacer at March 4, 2010
Joe Henderson - Lush Life: The Music Of Billy Strayhorn

Joe Henderson - Lush Life: The Music Of Billy Strayhorn
JAZZ | EAC rip | APE(IMAGE+CUE+LOG) | COVERS | 320Mb
Recorded september 3,6,8 1991 at Van Gelder Studios,englewood Cliff,N.J.Engineer Rudy VanGelder.
Recording Time 61 minutes

Joe Henderson - Lush Life: The Music Of Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn & Johnny Hodges - The Stanley Dance Sessions (2005)

Billy Strayhorn & Johnny Hodges - The Stanley Dance Sessions (2005)
Jazz | APE+CUE | MP3 320 Kbps | Covers | 460 or 180 MB

Stanley Dance, the noted jazz critic, writer and producer came to the United States in 1958 to make a series of recordings of mainstream artists.The result was nine extraordinary LP's released in 1959 and 1960. One of these nine albums was Cue For Saxophone. In this LP Billy Strayhorn leads a septet with Johnny Hodges on alto, Harold "Shorty" Baker on trumpet, Quentin Jackson on trombone, Russell Procope on clarinet,Al Hall on bass and Oliver Jackson on drums.

Terell Stafford - This Side of Strayhorn (2011)  Music

Posted by mark70 at Sept. 22, 2016
Terell Stafford - This Side of Strayhorn (2011)

Terell Stafford - This Side of Strayhorn (2011)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 69:10 min | 159 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Max Jazz Records

Some music just stands out from the crowd, and certainly Billy Strayhorn's tunes do exactly that. What would the great composer/bandleader Duke Ellington have been without his collaborator? He still certainly would have been considered one of the America's greatest artists, but it's hard to imagine an Ellington "greatest hits" offering—if one could be achieved, considering the Duke's immense output—without Strayhorn's gorgeous and familiar "Lush Life," "Take the 'A' Train," "Lotus Blossom," or "Chelsea Bridge."
Jackson / Hazeltine et al. - Sugar Hill: The Music Of Ellington & Strayhorn (2007) [Chesky SACD 333] {Studio Master 24-96}

Jackson / Hazeltine / Reedus / Gill - Sugar Hill: The Music Of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
24Bit/96kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,16 GB | Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: A&M 31454 0124 2 | Country/Year: US 2007
Genre: Jazz | Style: Swing

…On this disc, the quartet plays nine compositions by Ellington and Strayhorn. The interpretations are dominated by the full warm tenor sound of Javon Jackson who is a fantastic young sax man, playing in the Ben Webster tradition here. He is accompanied by the great Mr. Hazeltine, who is the musical director of the record and plays some nice solos, too. Bass and drums are played skilfully, relaxed and with deep feeling by the other two perfect sidemen. Very pleasing and relaxed, that`s the mood of the record, that every jazz fan will like.