Porgy And Bess CD (2008)

Artist: Ella Fitzgerald

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Label Revolver Usa
SKU 206902361
UPC 602517448209
UPC 14 00602517448209
Format CD
Release Date 3/18/2008
Author Ella Fitzgerald
Associated Artist/Work Armstrong, Louis
Associated Artist/Work Bashung, Alain
Associated Artist/Work Basie, Count
Associated Artist/Work Callaway, Ann Hampton
Associated Artist/Work Cole, Nat
Associated Artist/Work Cole, Nat "King"
Associated Artist/Work Duboc, Jane
Associated Artist/Work Ella Fitzgerald & Her Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Ellington Edward Kennedy
Associated Artist/Work Ellington, Duke
Associated Artist/Work Flanagan, Tommy
Associated Artist/Work Holiday, Billie
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Peterson, Oscar
Associated Artist/Work Washington, Dinah
Associated Artist/Work Webb, Chick
Associated Artist/Work Webb, Chick (Drummer)
Associated Artist/Work Wilson, Nancy
Technical Info
Producer Norman Granz
CatalogID B0009790-02
Lable Name Verve
Released 03/18/2008
Original Release 1958
Number of Discs 1
Length 66m : 14s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517448209
Album Notes and Credits
Conducted by Russ Garcia.
Includes liner notes by Lawrence D. Stewart and Norman Granz.
Recording information: 08/18/1957-10/15/1957.
Producer Norman Granz oversaw two Porgy & Bess projects. The first involved Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and came together during the autumn of 1957 with brassy big band and lush orchestral arrangements by Russ Garcia. This is the classic Verve Porgy & Bess, and it's been reissued many, many times. The second, recorded during the spring and summer of 1976 and issued by RCA, brought Ray Charles together with versatile British vocalist Cleo Laine, backed by an orchestra under the direction of Frank DeVol. A comparison of these two realizations bears fascinating fruit, particularly when the medleys of street vendors are played back to back. Those peasant songs, used in real life to purvey honey, strawberries, and crabs, were gathered and notated by George Gershwin and novelist Du Bose Heyward in 1934 during a visit to Folly Island, a small barrier island ten miles south of Charleston, SC, known today as Folly Beach. As Charleston Harbor had been one of the major ports during the importation of slaves from Africa, the waterfront was mostly populated by Gullahs, a reconstituted community that retained and preserved its ancestral cultures and languages to unusual degrees. Gershwin, who even learned to chant with the Gullah, absorbed the tonalities of the street cries he heard and wove them -- along with all of the other impressions stored within his sensitive mind -- into the fabric of his opera. What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both. Her take on "Buzzard Song" (sung 19 years later by Ray Charles) is a thrilling example of this woman's intrinsic theatrical genius. Pops sounds like he really savored each duet, and his trumpet work -- not a whole lot of it, because this is not a trumpeter's opera -- is characteristically good as gold. This marvelous album stands quite well on its own, but will sound best when matched with the Ray Charles/Cleo Laine version, especially the songs of the Crab Man, of Peter the Honey Man, and his wife, Lily the Strawberry Woman. ~ arwulf arwulf
Disc 1
1 Overture
2 Summertime
3 I Wants to Stay Here
4 My Man's Gone Now
5 I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
6 Buzzard Song
7 Bess, You Is My Woman Now
8 It Ain't Necessarily So
9 What You Want Wid Bess?
10 Woman Is a Summertime Thing, A
11 Oh, Doctor Jesus
12 Medley: Here Come de Honey Man, Crab Man, Oh, Dey's So Fresh and Fine (Strawberry Woman): Here Come De Honey Man / Crab Man / Oh Dey's So Fresh And Fine (Strawberry Woman)
13 There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
14 Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?
15 Oh Lawd, I'm on My Way
Product Attributes
Artist Fitzgerald,Ella
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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