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Out Of The Shadows, Storyville Records

This superb box set celebrating the work of William Thomas Strayhorn echoes the basic paradox of this extraordinary jazz musician’s life and career. The richness and diversity of the music it contains will delight the most obsessive Strayhorn aficionado; at the same time it offers a thrilling introduction to the man many know only as […]

The Nutcracker Suite

Recorded for the Columbia label in 1960 featuring jazz interpretations of “The Nutcracker” by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, arranged by Ellington and Strayhorn. The album was rereleased on CD in 1990 as part of Three Suites along with Ellington’s reworking of Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite” and “Suite Thursday,” his tribute to John Steinbeck. The original 1960 […]

Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn

The larger part of the pieces on this fourth Strayhorn CD evolve around music Strayhorn wrote for the theater. In 1935, just out of high school, he composed a short show Fantastic Rhythm. A handful of numbers have survived, including the title song and the tune Let Nature Take Its Course. Another group of theater […]

So This is Love: More Newly Discovered Works of Billy Strayhorn

CD #3 is the successor of the widely acclaimed Portrait of a Silk Thread: Newly Discovered Works of Billy Strayhorn, which was first released in 1995. Again, the Dutch Jazz Orchestra plays Strayhorn works that have never been recorded before. In a number of instances, these works have never been performed either. The selection includes […]

You Go to My Head. Strayhorn and Standards

The larger part of Billy Strayhorn’s work for the Ellington Orchestra consisted of writing arrangements. Close to six hundred of his arrangements survive, of which literally hundreds eventually were performed or recorded by the Ellington band. Yet, Strayhorn’s inspiration seemed boundless, and still numerous arrangements had to be shelved. Strayhorn, an accomplished composer, tackled his […]

Billy Strayhorn: Piano Passions 2005

This CD, takes the full contents of Strayhorn’s 1961 LP “The Peaceful Side” (along with the great cover photo from the United Artists LP), adds in the eight Ellington-Strayhorn dual piano tunes found on “Great Times! Piano Duets with Billy Strayhorn”, and finishes off the program with two more takes on Tonk and a version […]

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life 2007

Billy Strayhorn is one of jazz’s most fabled figures. His myth gets a thorough exploration in the 90-minute documentary LUSH LIFE, and the soundtrack to that film is naturally filled with music by the famous composer, arranger, and pianist. Showcased here are 15 of Strayhorn’s compositions performed by contemporary jazz artists like Joe Lovano, Dianne […]

The Peaceful Side 1961(original release)

“After more than 20 years as an inextricable element in the musical complex that is Duke Ellington, Strayhorn emerges in these performances, recorded in Paris, as a personality in his own right. This is a lovely, low keyed set,” wrote John S. Wilson in Down Beat magazine, 1961. Most of the songs are from Strayhorn’s […]