This 7 CD box set celebrates the life of the extraordinary jazz musician Billy Strayhorn.
Like Strayhorn's career, this collection presents somewhat of a paradox. The richness and diversity of the music featured in Out Of The Shadows is sure to delight the most obsessive Strayhorn aficionado; at the same time it offers a thrilling introduction to the man many know only as someone who once played in Duke Ellington’s band and who wrote 'Take The “A” Train'.
The 7 CDs contain material, including 62 of Strayhorn’s compositions, not only focusing on his work outside of the Ellington orchestra, but also presenting him in Duke’s company.
Billy Strayhorn, the man whose musical abilities could have made him a star in his own right, labored in the shadow of a world-famous benefactor. This collection of his recordings puts him firmly in the spotlight for once, revealing beyond doubt the true scale of the debt owed to him by Duke Ellington in particular and jazz in general.
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