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A Portrait of George Gershwin

  • 1. Strike up the Band
    2. Bidin' My Time / I've Got A Crush On You / Nice Work If You Can Get It
    3. Liza / Concerto In F / The Man I Love / Who Cares
    4. Shall We Dance?
    5. Love Walked In
    6. S'Wonderful / Oh! Lady Be Good
    7. But Not For Me
    8. Porgy and Bess Medley
    9. An American In Paris / Mine / Swanee
    10. Embraceable You
    11. Somebody Loves Me / He Loves And She Loves
    12. Clap Yo' Hands
    13. Someone to Watch Over Me
    14. Concerto In F / I've Got Rhythm / Rhapsody In Blue
    15. Jazzspeak
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 335

  • Credits
    ProducerHank O'Neal
    EngineerJoseph West

    Solo performer: Johnny Costa (piano).
    Johnny Costa, who has spent many years playing for the Mister Rogers children's television series, is a brilliant pianist whose main influences are Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson. For this tribute to the music of George Gershwin, Costa explores a wide variety of Gershwin material, from very famous songs to relative obscurities. Seven of the 14 tracks are medleys that cover the essence of each selection, including brief glimpses of "Concerto in F," "An American in Paris," and (as a climax) the last section of "Rhapsody in Blue." The closing six-minute "Jazzspeak" features Costa talking about this project, what his philosophy was behind the solo recital, and how he hoped to treat Gershwin's music. It is a perfect ending for one of Johnny Costa's very best all-round recordings. ~ Scott Yanow

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