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Strayhorn by Others (1940-1967)


A collection of Billy Strayhorn's compositions performed by groups primarily other than Ellington (though Duke makes an appearance or two). There are some duplicate tunes, included chiefly because they're damn beautiful. There's a very rare incomplete take of Lush Life by Sinatra; he tried, but Johnny Hartman succeeded (later in the mix). [Note that 'A' Train is not included.]

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Snibor (Johnny Hodges); My Little Brown Book (Al Hibbler); Lament for Javanette (Duke Ellington); Something to Live For (Ella Fitzgerald); Lush Life (Frank Sinatra); Johnny Come Lately (Wardell Gray); Day Dream (June Christy); Passion Flower (Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington); A Flower is a Lovesome Thing (Vince Guaraldi); Chelsea Bridge (Ben Webster & Gerry Mulligan); Star-Crossed Lovers (Randy Weston); Satin Doll (Johnny Smith); Upper Manhattan Medical Group (Dizzy Gillespie); Something to Live For (Steve Lacy & Don Cherry); Your Love Has Faded (Johnny Hodges); Satin Doll (Buddy DeFranco); Day Dream (Helen Merrill); Lush Life (John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman); Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn); and Lotus Blossom (Duke Ellington).