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Something to Live For: A Billy Strayhorn Songbook

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Released  October 20, 1998
Label  HighNote HCD 7019
Release date  20 October 1998
Genre  Jazz
Length  65:57
Artist  John Hicks
Producer  Cecil Brooks III
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Recorded  June 17, 1997 Audiomation Studio, Pittsburgh, PA
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Something to Live For: A Billy Strayhorn Songbook is an album by pianist John Hicks which was recorded in 1997 and released on the HighNote label. The album features ten compositions by Billy Strayhorn along with two by Hicks.



Allmusic reviewed the album stating "he shows his softer side here, tackling the lush romanticism of Strayhorn's timeless compositions with an appropriately light touch and sense of nuance". JazzTimes called it "a fine stroll through familiar Strayhorn terrain that pays substantial dividends".

Track listing

All compositions by Billy Strayhorn except as indicated

  1. "Something to Live For" (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) - 5:44
  2. "Day Dream" (Ellington, Strayhorn John La Touche) - 6:40
  3. "Medley: Lotus/Blossom" - 4:08
  4. "Blood Count" - 6:59
  5. "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" - 3:07
  6. "Chelsea Bridge" - 6:10
  7. "Lush Life" - 6:05
  8. "U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)" - 5:30
  9. "Minor Blues" (John Hicks) - 4:33
  10. "Passion Flower" - 6:42
  11. "Satin Doll" (Ellington, Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer) - 5:23
  12. "Summary" (Hicks) - 4:56


  • John Hicks - piano
  • Dwayne Dolphin - bass
  • Cecil Brooks III - drums
  • Production

  • Cecil Brooks III - producer
  • Dino DeStefano - engineer
  • Songs

    1Something to Live For5:46
    3Medley: Lotus - Blossom4:11


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