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Porgy and Bess [Blister]


  • 1. Introduction: Jasbo Brown Blues
    2. Summertime
    3. Here Come De Honeyman/They Pass By Singin'
    4. My Man's Gone Now
    5. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
    6. Bess, You is My Woman Now
    7. It Ain't Necessarily So
    8. I Loves You Porgy
    9. There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
    10. Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess!
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2710416

  • Credits
    ProducerJoe Henderson
    EngineerJim Anderson; Leanne Ungar; Simon Osborne

    Personnel: Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Sting, Chaka Khan (vocals); Conrad Herwig (trombone); Stefon Harris (vibraphone); Tommy Flanagan (piano); John Scofield (acoustic & electric guitars); Dave Holland (bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums).
    Principally recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York from May 25-28, 1997.
    "Summertime" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
    Personnel: Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); John Scofield (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Conrad Herwig (trombone); Tommy Flanagan (piano); Jack DeJohnette (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Jim Anderson .
    Photographers: Merri Cyr; Jimmy Katz.
    Arranger: Joe Henderson.
    The music of Porgy and Bess has been "Joe Hendersonized," with beautiful results. Gershwin's sultry and sad music makes a wonderful vehicle for improvisation inside Henderson's arrangements. Along with Henderson's decidedly modern harmonic approach, Stefon Harris' coloristic vibes work, John Scofield's twisted blues guitar and Jack DeJohnette's abstract-but-swinging drumming remind us that this is a nineties telling of the tale. "My Man's Gone Now" is arranged in classic 1960's Henderson style, for a unique upbeat blowing version. Vocal appearances by Chaka Khan and Sting round out this modern interpretation of a Twentieth Century classic.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (11/97, p.46) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5) - "...the material comes from a time long enough ago that it requires something of the soul and sound of a romantic to express....the ensemble arrangements are well-crafted....fine solos from all..."
    JazzTimes (12/97, p.146) - "Credit where it's due, and lots of it to share here....how suite it is!"
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a rendering of the immortal 'Summertime,' featuring soul singer Chaka Khan..."
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