Something to Live For: A Billy Strayhorn Songbook

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.[1] The album features ten compositions by Billy Strayhorn along with two by Hicks.

Something to Live For: A Billy Strayhorn Songbook
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 20, 1998
RecordedJune 17, 1997
Audiomation Studio, Pittsburgh, PA
HCD 7019
ProducerCecil Brooks III
John Hicks chronology
Newklear Music
Something to Live For: A Billy Strayhorn Songbook
Nightwind: An Erroll Garner Songbook


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".[2] JazzTimes called it "a fine stroll through familiar Strayhorn terrain that pays substantial dividends".[3]

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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



  • Cecil Brooks III - producer
  • Dino DeStefano - engineer


  1. John Hicks discography accessed February 25, 2015
  2. Roberts, J., Allmusic Review, accessed February 25, 2015
  3. Jenkins, W., JazzTimes Review, December 1999
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