Gary Thomas: Lush Life


Lush Life


Gary Thomas (tenor sax)


Till We Have Faces (JMT 514 000-2)

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Gary Thomas (tenor sax), Pat Metheny (acoustic guitar).

Composed by Billy Strayhorn


Recorded: New York, May 8-14, 1992


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Although Gary Thomas is better known for hard-driving improv than for playing classic ballads, on this track he spends more time playing the theme of this wonderful Strayhorn composition than improvising. And he does so as a master stylist, tackling the melody with a tenor timbre that doesn't sound as dark as usual. Pat Metheny supports him on acoustic guitar in a very basic and unsophisticated way, as close to the natural sound of the instrument as possible. This duet remains not only a fine version of a timeless standard, but an unexpected foray out of their usual paths by two great musicians.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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