Miles' and Gil Evans' legendary interpretation of the Gershwin opera, boasting new notes and two bonus tracks only otherwise available on the Miles & Gil boxed set.
Take George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess
, add Miles Davis and arranger Gil Evans, and what do you get? A classic jazz album that--despite the fact that the material has been rendered almost overly familiar due to countless interpretations--still sounds remarkably fresh four decades after its initial release. Miles' soft yet piercing trumpet style is perfectly suited to Gershwin's melancholy melodies, Evans' musical direction of his 18-piece orchestra is impeccable, and their version of "Summertime" may well be the finest ever waxed. Davis and Evans teamed up for several recordings after this one (including the landmark Sketches of Spain
), but Porgy & Bess
still stands as one of their most successful collaborations. --Dan Epstein