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 first decade as a composer, showing an introspective side of Billy playing from a very personal perspective.