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Porgy & Bess

5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A440 Records
  • ASIN: B0002T2QG0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Benjamin Thomas on July 22, 2006
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I don't often like remakes better than the original (12 Angry Men, for a movie example). I don't know that I would call this a remake as much as it is a variation on a theme. To explain, this album takes the Gil Evans arrangements that Miles made famous, even immortal forty-plus years ago, and takes them in a subtly different direction. For one, the solo instrument is a fluglehorn and not a trumpet and the richer, more sonorous sound changes the feel significantly.

And for another, Clark Terry isn't Miles Davis. I have to say that for myself, I LIKE Terry's playing better than Miles's in absolute terms, while acknowledging that Miles is the more important and innovative musician. (My favorite jazz genre is the swing-era small group. so there's a bias.)But the emotional content that Terry injects is, in my opinion, gentler and more varied, if less intense, that what Miles gave us. More nostalgic perhaps.

I also feel the connection more in this rendition to the lyrics of Gershwin's original songs, to the heartbreak and resilience of spirit that the opera celebrates.
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By newzgrl on September 23, 2004
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I heard a long selection from this CD on my local Baltimore NPR station-WYPR-the week it was released. The Porgy and Bess suite was absolutely stunning, evocative and for lack of a better word, beautiful. I'm online now to buy the CD...
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Wow.A fantastic CD with a rich and gorgeous orchestra backing a great soloist. Hard to believe Gershwin wrote these songs in the thirties, Gil Evans originally did the orchestrations for Miles so long ago and now Jeff Lindberg leads the Chicago Jazz Orchestra to back Terry in this terrific collection from Porgy and Bess. The depth of the brasses alone make it worth the price. Deep, lush, sensous and mellow but it can swing. Get this one.
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