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Fascinatin' Rhythm

Today’s show focus­es on one of the hand­full great­est jazz arrangers and com­posers of all time; name­ly Bil­ly Sweet Pea’ Stray­horn, who toiled in Duke Elling­ton’s orches­tra from the late 30’s ntil his untime­ly death in 1067 as the Duke’s alter ego, always in the shad­ow of the mas­ter com­pos­er. The col­lab­o­ra­tion between the two was so close­ly inter­twined that telling them apart, even for the most know­ing afi­ciona­do, was at times all but impos­si­ble. Some of his finest moments lay with such gems as Chelsea Bridge, Take The A’ Train, Some­thing To Live For, Day Dream, Pas­sion Flower, Lush Life, A Flower Is A Lone­some Thing, Lotus Blos­som, UMMG, and Por­trait Of A Silk Thread. Then there were his trib­utes to Tchaikovsky with a swing­ing ver­sion of The Nut­crack­er and Such Sweet Thun­der, which Bill Shake­speare would sure­ly envy if he was as hip as one might believe; or would it be his alter ego Christo­pher Mar­lowe? Two mar­velous books have been writ­ten about his life in music; name­ly Lush Life’ by David Had­ju, and Some­thing To Live For’, as penned by Wal­ter van de Leur.

Set #1

Artist Song Album
Guido Basso/Peter Appleyard C Fascinating Rhythm Jazz Canadiana
Nancy Kelly, feat. Bobby Militello Sunday In New York Remembering Mark Murphy
Tomas Janzon Trio Monk's Mood 130th & Lenox
Duke Ellington Orchestra Take The 'A' Train OST Paris Blues
Al Hibbler/Billy Strayhorn Sextet, feat. Willlie Smith/Max Roach On A Slow Boat To China With The Ellingtonians
Marian McPartland Trio Intimacy Of The Blues Plays The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Set #2

Artist Song Album
Lena Horne Something To Live For We'll Be Together Again
The Dutch Jazz Orchestra Portrait Of A Silk Thread Portrait Of A Silk Thread
Duke Ellington Orchestra Raincheck ...and his mother called him bill
Jimmy Heath Ellington's Strayhorn Little Man Big Band

Set #3

Artist Song Album
Allan Harris Just A-Sittin'and A-Rockin' The Songs of Strayhorn
Terell Stafford Quintet, feat. Dana Hall/Tim Warefield/Bruce Barth Johnny Come Lately This Side Of Strahorn
Lady Gaga (& Tony Bennett) Lush Life Cheek To Cheek
Chuck Redd A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing Groove City
Duke Ellington Orchestra Sugar Rum Cherry The Nutcracker Suite

Set #4

Artist Song Album
Roger Kellaway Trio, feat. Bruce Foreman/Dan Lutz Take The 'A" Train The Many Minds of Roger Kellaway
Billy Strayhorn Septet, feat. Johnny Hodges/Russel Procope Watch Your Cue Cue For Saxaphone
Billy Stayhorn Duo with The Paris Blue Flames Multi-Colored Blue The Peaceful Side of Billy Strahorn
Fred Hersch Day Dream Passion Flower