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Porgy & Bess (1959)

Artist: Miles Davis
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Format: CD
Sku: 60108209
UPC: 074646514122
UPC 14: 00074646514122
Release Date: 3/25/1997
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Buzzard Song ~ Miles Davis
1. Buzzard Song ~ Miles Davis
2. Bess, You Is My Woman Now ~ Miles Davis
2. Bess, You Is My Woman Now ~ Miles Davis
3. Gone ~ Miles Davis
3. Gone ~ Miles Davis
4. Gone, Gone, Gone ~ Miles Davis
4. Gone, Gone, Gone ~ Miles Davis
4. Gone, Gone, Gone ~ Miles Davis
5. Summertime ~ Miles Davis
5. Summertime ~ Miles Davis
6. Bess, Oh Where's My Bess ~ Miles Davis
6. Bess, Oh Where's My Bess ~ Miles Davis
7. Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) ~ Miles Davis
8. Fishermen, Strawberry And Devil Crab ~ Miles Davis
8. Fishermen, Strawberry And Devil Crab ~ Miles Davis
8. Fishermen, Strawberry And Devil Crab ~ Miles Davis
9. My Man's Gone Now ~ Miles Davis
10. It Ain't Necessarily So ~ Miles Davis
11. Here Come De Honey Man ~ Miles Davis
11. Here Come De Honey Man ~ Miles Davis
12. I Loves You, Porgy ~ Miles Davis
13. There's A Boat That's Leaving Soon For New York ~ Miles Davis
14. I Loves You, Porgy - (take 1, second version) ~ Miles Davis
14. I Loves You, Porgy - (take 1, second version) ~ Miles Davis
15. Gone - (take 4) ~ Miles Davis

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Of all Gil Evans' orchestral scores for soulmate Miles Davis, PORGY AND BESS is his richest and most ambitious--a watershed of modern jazz harmony which served to secure Davis' pop star stature and define his brooding mystique. Inevitably, even non-jazz listeners own a copy of PORGY AND BESS or SKETCHES OF SPAIN.
Muze PNote Like MILES AHEAD, Evans' band on PORGY AND BESS de-emphasized the traditional reed section in favor of a tuba, three French horns, two flutes and two saxophones. The resulting chords and overtones are dark, alluring and mysterious. Thus the opening brass-cymbal bluster of "The Buzzard Song" gives way to a mid-eastern carpet of flutes and deep brass as Davis' poignant trumpet speaks in split tones and yearning cadences, bursting with blues feeling; a tuba soon picks up the theme as muted trumpets are followed by tolling trombone/French horn chords.
Muze PNote Each of the thirteen sections contrast lush instrumental details with intimate trumpet arias (which suggest the profound influence of Billie Holiday, particularly over the eerie textures of "I Loves You Porgy"). Evans' ability to orchestrate hypnotic call and response patterns with Davis, and his ability to layer multiple textures at contrasting tempos makes for several memorable moments: Philly Joe's dancing breaks and exchanges with Miles on "Gone," the church-like amens of "Gone, Gone, Gone," the counter-melodies on a lightly swinging "Summertime," Miles' sustained lyricism (and Evans' tart blue chordal rejoinders) on "Prayer," the brash after-hours swagger of "It Ain't Necessarily So," and the contrasting folkish themes of "Here Come De Honey Man." Timeless music.

Producer: Cal Lampley

Engineer: Frank Laico

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Gil Evans
Muze Guest Artist Jimmy Cleveland
Muze Guest Artist Johnny Coles
Muze Guest Artist Phil Bodner
Muze Guest Artist Philly Joe Jones
Muze Guest Artist Paul Chambers
Muze Guest Artist Cannonball Adderley

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Hot Spot
Muze Music Compilations Jazz For Lovers
Muze Music Compilations Night Out With Verve
Muze Music Compilations Ken Burns Jazz-Story Of America
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Ken Burns Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Ken Burns Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Classic Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Legacy
Muze Music Compilations Savoy At 60
Muze Music Compilations Essential George Gershwin (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Collection
Muze Music Compilations Collateral
Muze Music Compilations Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings Of Miles Davis 1963-1964
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles
Muze Music Compilations Essential (Rmst)
Muze Music Compilations Re-bop: The Savoy Remixes
Muze Music Compilations Cookin
Muze Music Compilations Jazz After Dark
Muze Music Compilations All The Best
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Muze Music Compilations Jazz Roots
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Muze Music Compilations Icon:best Of Blue Note
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Jazz
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Associated Artists and Works

Allen, Carl
Armstrong, Louis
Baker, Chet
Baker, Chet (Trumpet/Vocals/Com
Barry, Dave (Drums)
Coltrane, John
The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane: 1955-1961 ~ Coltrane, John
All of You: The Last Tour 1960 [Box] ~ Coltrane, John
Davis, Miles Septet
Evans, Gil
Porgy and Bess [Remaster] ~ Evans, Gil
At Carnegie Hall (Legacy) [Remaster] ~ Evans, Gil
The Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Complete Columbia S ~ Evans, Gil
Golson, Benny
Henderson, Joe
Henderson, Joe (Saxophone)
Blues For Miles ~ Hubbard, Freddie
Jacquet, Illinois
Jarrett, Keith
Kaiser, Henry
Conception ~ Konitz, Lee
Legrand, Michel
Miles Davis & Michel Legrand
Miller, Marcus
Mobley, Hank
Conception ~ Mulligan, Gerry
Olson, Byron
Original Soundtrack
Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud: Lift To The Scaffold ~ Original Soundtrack
The Hot Spot [Original Soundtrack] ~ Original Soundtrack
Parker, Charlie
Birdsong: A Series of Classic Performances of Park ~ Parker, Charlie
Parker, Charlie (Sax)
Ramirez, Humberto
Rowland, Dennis
Silver, Horace
The Modern Jazz Giants
Traveling Miles ~ Wilson, Cassandra

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/25/1997
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1959
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 65141
Music Label Name Label : Legacy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00074646514122

Professional Reviews

JazzTimes (8/97, p.106)
- "...PORGY AND BESS is possibly the best of the collaborations between Miles and Gil Evans....Evans is justly regarded as the master of modern orchestration and PORGY AND BESS shows him at his best. There are two alternates to savor here, `I Loves You, Porgy,' and `More'..."

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