Joe Williams shows his ballad mastery
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Joe Williams had his greatest success as a swinging blues singer, but he actually much preferred to sing ballads.
At a televised Duke Ellington Tribute concert at the Kennedy Center in 1981, Williams showed just how warm and emotional a singer he could be on this version of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life.”
With accompaniment by the Billy Taylor Trio, Joe Williams puts his own stamp on Strayhorn’s classic song.
– Scott Yanow