William Thomas “Billy” Strayhorn (29.11.1915-31.5.1967) was a composer, arranger & pianist and especially known for his successful collaboration with Duke Ellington. His most famous composition probably is “Take the “A” Train“.
Strayhorn only led few sessions throughout his career. 1959 he (only) recorded his second full-length album called Cue For Saxophone* as the Billy Strayhorn Septet . Actually, the main star is altoist Cue Porter – who was nobody else than Johnny Hodges – while Strayhorn (who plays piano on the seven songs of the album) only co-wrote two basic tune with Hodges and played a fairly minor role.
Cherry is one of my favourite songs, almost six minutes long. Johnny Hodges' distinctive style is wonderful. A great song for a Sunday afternoon swing party 🙂
*Apparently, the album is hard to get, therefore I suggest another one.
Artist: Billy Strayhorn Septet
Album: The Stanley Dance Sessions
Tempo: 146 bpm
Dance: Lindy Hop
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