The independent St. Louis based record label MAXJAZZ has announced that they'll release trumpeter Terell Stafford's new recording This Side of Strayhorn (pictured) on Tuesday, April 5.
The CD offers Stafford's interpretations of the music of Billy Strayhorn, the famed composer of jazz standards including "Take The A Train" and "Lush Life" who served for years as Duke Ellington's arranger, auxiliary pianist, and virtual alter ego.
It features Stafford's working quintet, with saxophonist Tim Warfield, pianist and arranger Bruce Barth, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Dana Hall, and was produced by the Grammy-winning bassist and composer John Clayton.
Stafford will celebrate the release of This Side of Strayhorn with a week of shows in March at NYC's Village Vanguard, while MAXJAZZ promises sound samples and pre-order info soon.
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