A Flower is a Lovesome Thing (Billy Strayhorn)
Ricardo Toscano is an alto saxophonist from Lisbon with a deep phrasing, electrifying tempo and quick intuition. He is one of those people who knows how to read the environment in which he finds himself right away and go with the flow (both in life and in music). I am lucky to play with him in the Quartet of the great Portuguese drummer and producer Mário Barreiros.
Strayhorn wrote this piece for Duke Ellington’s BigBand in 1941. It was conceived for the orchestra’s alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges, a true slow-tempo stylist and one of the pinnacles of jazz expressiveness. It was first recorded in 1946. The Duke Ellington Orchestra performed a vocal version of the composition with Ella Fitzgerald in 1965, with lyrics written by Strayhorn himself for the occasion.