Joe Henderson records ‘Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn’ with Wynton Marsalis, Christian Mcbride et al (1991)

Joe Henderson’s ‘Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn’ is a (tribute to Billy Strayhorn) album recorded on September 3 & 8, 1991 and released In 1992 By Verve.

Track Listing : 1.Isfahan (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 05:59 . 2.Johnny Come Lately (Billy Strayhorn) – 06:30 . 3.Blood Count (Billy Strayhorn) – 07:19 . 4.Rain Check (Billy Strayhorn) – 05:54 . 5.Lotus Blossom (Billy Strayhorn) – 04:31 . 6.A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (Billy Strayhorn) – 06:58 . 7.Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn) – 07:11 . 8.Drawing Room Blues (Billy Strayhorn) – 07:33 . 9.U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group) (Billy Strayhorn) – 05:02 . 10.Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn) – 05:03

William Claxton

Musicians : Joe Henderson – Tenor Saxophone . Wynton Marsalis – Trumpet . Stephen Scott – Piano . Christian Mcbride – Bass . Gregory Hutchinson – Drums

Production : Produced By Richard Seidel, Don Sickler . Don Sickler . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer, Mixing . Maureen Sickler – Assistant Engineer

Arrangements : Don Sickler

Package : William Claxton asterisques RVM – Photography . Stanley Crouch – Liner Notes . Larry Offsey – Design . Dean Pratt – Liner Notes . Susan Ragan – Photography

Recorded On September 3 & 8, 1991-Sep 8, 1991.

Released In 1992 By Verve.


As for the music on his “comeback” disc, it does deserve all of the hype. Henderson performs ten of Billy Strayhorn’s most enduring compositions in a variety of settings ranging from a full quintet to an unaccompanied solo […]
Right at the end of the record is Henderson alone scaling the most magnificent of Strayhorn compositions, “Lush Life.” The melody flows from his horn without any equivocation, the transitions between shapes are effortless and the phrasing is creative but never too cute. […]

The Guardian
Take the A Train clatters with Greg Hutchinson’s nimble brushworkand the title track is an entrancing sax solo, full of brittle sounds and booming low notes. If anyone’s subtle enough in timbre and tone to benefit from state-of-the-art remastering, it’s Joe Henderson. […]


Joe Henderson’s ‘Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn’


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