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Avant Gershwin


  • 1. Overture / Gershwin Medley
    2. I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
    3. Who Cares
    4. Funny Face
    5. Love Walked In / Love Is Sweeping The Country
    6. Swanee
    7. Porgy & Bess Medley
    8. Lady Be Good
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): REN-51232

  • Credits
    ProducerPatti Austin; Michael Abene
    EngineerChristian Schmitt; Dirk Franken; Sebastian Roth

    Composers: George Gershwin; Ira Gershwin; Irving Caesar; Buddy DeSylva.
    Personnel: Patti Austin (vocals); WDR Big Band.
    Anyone with Patti Austin's excellent pipes and the support of a record label could easily have recorded an album of straightforward George Gershwin covers and called it a day, but Austin is not one to play it safe. On AVANT-GERSHWIN she reshapes and reconfigures the old standards in exciting new ways. Her sultry turn on "Love Walked In," with minimal piano accompaniment, uncovers an almost angst-filled facet to the song. With expert backing by the WDR Big Band, she swings "Lady Be Good," "Swanee," and "Who Cares" as hard-bop numbers, replete with inspired scatting.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Austin reveals Ira Gershwin's terrifically timely yet oft-skipped verses and sticks close to George Gershwin's perfectly integrated and detailed melodies."
    JazzTimes (p.72) - "AVANT-GERSHWIN proves a consistently impressive exercise in seamless collaboration..."
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