By George (& Ira): Red Hot on Gershwin

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Major record companies rarely run out of ways to package previously issued material, and Verve is among the more active and imaginative companies in this regard. One of their more popular reissue formats is a series of compilations of songs by important contributors to the Great American Popular Songbook. And there are none who have made greater contributions than the brothers Gershwin, George and Ira. The compilation technique permits companies to include only the best performances of the composer's music from their vault, helping to assure a winner. Red & Hot on Gershwin is no exception to this marketing principle. This is a set of excellent performances by a host of ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Major record companies rarely run out of ways to package previously issued material, and Verve is among the more active and imaginative companies in this regard. One of their more popular reissue formats is a series of compilations of songs by important contributors to the Great American Popular Songbook. And there are none who have made greater contributions than the brothers Gershwin, George and Ira. The compilation technique permits companies to include only the best performances of the composer's music from their vault, helping to assure a winner. Red & Hot on Gershwin is no exception to this marketing principle. This is a set of excellent performances by a host of fine musicians who have recorded for the Norman Granz label. With the exception of the cut by Janis Joplin, all of the numbers were recorded during the '40s, '50s and '60s, and the participants, including the so-called sidemen, read like a who's-who of the upper echelon of jazz musicians. The producers have included a good balance between instrumentals and vocals, as well as between jazz styles. Bop luminaries are represented by Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, mainstream jazz by Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson. Lester Young, doing "The Man I Love," represents that class established by Duke Ellington for the very special -- "beyond category." Multiple versions of some songs appear here, reaffirming the jazz principle that there can be legitimate differences in the way artists approach the same material. Viva la difference. Contrasting vocal styles are reflected by Nina Simone whose "I Loves You, Porgy" may well be the seminal version of the classic tune, the delicate-voiced Blossom Dearie, and Sarah Vaughan. Billie Holiday is represented with two cuts, including the classic version of "Embraceable You" with Ben Webster and Harry "Sweets" Edison. And then there's Janis Joplin, whose rendition of "Summertime" will certainly get the listener's attention as she twists and turns the lyrics in a raspy interpretation. On the other hand, Billy Stewart's interpretation of the same song, while out of the ordinary, is exciting and one of the highlights on an album filled with highlights.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1998
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • UPC: 731455759426
  • Catalog Number: 557594

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 They Can't Take That Away from Me (2:42)
  2. 2 The Man I Love - Billie Holiday (3:05)
  3. 3 The Man I Love - Billie Holiday (7:57)
  4. 4 I Loves You Porgy (2:21)
  5. 5 I Loves You Porgy - Bill Evans (5:39)
  6. 6 Summertime (3:59)
  7. 7 It Ain't Necessarily So (6:31)
  8. 8 I Was Doing All Right - Billy Stewart (4:22)
  9. 9 Man I Love - Lester Young (3:21)
  10. 10 The Someone To Watch Over Me - Lester Young (4:50)
  11. 11 Prelude - Kenny Burrell (5:58)
  12. 12 Summertime - Kenny Burrell (2:15)
  13. 13 Summertime - Billy Stewart (6:57)
  14. 14 Embraceable You (6:48)
  15. 15 I've Got a Crush on You (3:29)
  16. 16 Summertime - Charlie Parker (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nina Simone Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Big Brother & the Holding Company Track Performer
Janis Joplin Vocals, Track Performer
Maurice White Drums
Louie Bellson Drums
Gary Burton Vibes
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Miles Davis Trumpet, Track Performer
Blossom Dearie Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Bill Evans Piano
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals, Track Performer
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Bunky Green Alto Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Milt Jackson Vibes
Jo Jones Drums
Barney Kessel Guitar
Mel Lewis Drums
Red Mitchell Bass
Oscar Peterson Piano, Track Performer
Julian Priester Trombone
Buddy Rich Drums
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Paul Serrano Trumpet
Paul Smith Piano
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Russell Garcia Conductor
Joe Sullivan Piano
Ed Thigpen Drums
Stan Freeman Piano
Mitch Miller English Horn, Oboe
Sonny Thompson Piano
Percy Heath Bass
Walter Page Bass
Peter Albin Bass Guitar
Sam Andrew Guitar
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
John Avant Trombone
Joe Benjamin Bass
Billie Holiday Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Board Tenor Saxophone
Ray Brown Bass
Larry Bunker Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar, Track Performer
Kenny Clarke Drums
Nat King Cole Piano
Joe Comfort Bass
Pete Cosey Guitar
Morris Ellis Trombone
Frank Flynn Percussion
David Getz Drums
James Gurley Guitar
Roy Haynes Drums
Max Hollander Violin
John Howell Trumpet
Arthur Hoyle Trumpet
John Malachi Piano
Thelonious Monk Piano
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Sarah Vaughan Vocals, Track Performer
Louis Satterfield Bass
Billy Stewart Vocals, Track Performer
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone
Rubin Cooper Baritone Saxophone
Joe Hunt Drums
Milton Lomask Violin
Frank Brieff Viola
Bronislaw Gimpel Violin
Myor Rosen Harp
Lisle Atkinson Bass
The Russell Garcia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Bobby Hamilton Drums
Frank Miller Cello
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Russell Garcia Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
DuBose Heyward Composer
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