CD By George (& Ira): Red Hot on Gershwin (CD 1170171),
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By George (& Ira): Red Hot on Gershwin
1. They Can't Take That Away From Me - Sarah Vaughan
2. Man I Love, The - Miles Davis/Billie Holiday
3. Man I Love, The - Miles Davis/Billie Holiday
4. I Loves You Porgy - Nina Simone
5. I Loves You Porgy - Nina Simone/Bill Evans
6. Summertime - Janis Joplin/Big Brother & the Holding Company
7. It Ain't Necessarily So - Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
8. I Was Doing All Right - Louis Armstrong/Billy Stewart
9. Man I Love - Lester Young/Louis Armstrong/Oscar Peterson
10. Someone To Watch Over Me, The - Lester Young/Blossom Dearie
11. Prelude - Kenny Burrell/Blossom Dearie
12. Summertime - Kenny Burrell/Stan Getz (excerpt)
13. Summertime - Stan Getz/Billy Stewart
14. Embraceable You - Billie Holiday
15. I've Got A Crush On You - Ella Fitzgerald
16. Summertime - Charlie Parker
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5575942
John Carlin (Compilation)
Includes liner notes by John Carlin.
Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie (vocals, piano); Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Stewart (vocals); Freddie Green, Herb Ellis, James Gurley, Kenny Burrell, Pete Cosey, Sam Andrew, Barney Kessel (guitar); Myor Rosen (harp); Bronislaw Gimpel, Milton Lomask, Max Hollander (violin); Frank Brieff (viola); Frank Miller (cello); Mitch Miller (oboe, English horn); Earle Warren, Jack Washington, Bunky Green, Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Johnny Board, Lester Young , Stan Getz , Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Rubin Cooper (baritone saxophone); Harry "Sweets" Edison , John Howell , Miles Davis, Paul Serrano, Arthur Hoyle, Buck Clayton (trumpet); John Avant, Morris Ellis, Julian Priester (trombone); Jimmy Rowles, Joe Sullivan, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Paul Smith , Sonny Thompson , Stan Freeman, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans , John Malachi (piano); Gary Burton , Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Peter Albin (bass guitar); David Getz, Ed Thigpen, Jo Jones , Joe Hunt , Kenny Clarke, Larry Bunker, Louie Bellson, Maurice White, Mel Lewis, Roy Haynes, Bobby Hamilton , Buddy Rich (drums); Frank Flynn (percussion).
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Holly (12/13/1939-06/15/1968); Chicago, IL (12/13/1939-06/15/1968); Hackensack, NJ (12/13/1939-06/15/1968); Los Angeles, CA (12/13/1939-06/15/1968); Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland (12/13/1939-06/15/1968); New York, NY (12/13/1939-06/15/1968).
Arrangers: Nelson Riddle; Russell Garcia .
Major record companies rarely run out of ways to package previously issued material, and Verve is among the more active (and imaginative) companies in this regard. One of their more popular reissue formats is a series of compilations of songs by important contributors to the Great American Popular Songbook. And there are none who have made greater contributions than the brothers Gershwin, George and Ira. The compilation technique permits companies to include only the best performances of the composer's music from their vault, helping to assure a winner. Red & Hot on Gershwin is no exception to this marketing principle. This is a set of excellent performances by a host of fine musicians who have recorded for the Norman Granz label. With the exception of the cut by Janis Joplin, all of the numbers were recorded during the '40s, '50s and '60s, and the participants, including the so-called sidemen, read like a who's-who of the upper echelon of jazz musicians. The producers have included a good balance between instrumentals and vocals, as well as between jazz styles. Bop luminaries are represented by Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, mainstream jazz by Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson. Lester Young, doing "The Man I Love," represents that class established by Duke Ellington for the very special -- "beyond category." Multiple versions of some songs appear here, reaffirming the jazz principle that there can be legitimate differences in the way artists approach the same material. Viva la difference.
Contrasting vocal styles are reflected by Nina Simone (whose "I Loves You, Porgy" may well be the seminal version of the classic tune), the delicate-voiced Blossom Dearie, and Sarah Vaughan. Billie Holiday is represented with two cuts, including the classic version of "Embraceable You" with Ben Webster and Harry "Sweets" Edison. And then there's Janis Joplin, whose rendition of "Summertime" will certainly get the listener's attention as she twists and turns the lyrics in a raspy interpretation. On the other hand, Billy Stewart's interpretation of the same song, while out of the ordinary, is exciting and one of the highlights on an album filled with highlights. ~ Dave Nathan
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