From Gershwin's Time: 1920-1945

From Gershwin's Time: 1920-1945

by George Gershwin

The music of George Gershwin is a fundamental constituent of jazz and 20th century popular music. There is much to be learned by perusing the large and varied number of Gershwin collections that exist in the world more than seventy years after his demise. From Gershwin's Time consists of 41 selections made between the years 1920 and 1939. This collectionSee more details below


The music of George Gershwin is a fundamental constituent of jazz and 20th century popular music. There is much to be learned by perusing the large and varied number of Gershwin collections that exist in the world more than seventy years after his demise. From Gershwin's Time consists of 41 selections made between the years 1920 and 1939. This collection focuses largely upon Gershwin's impact on pop and classical music. Those who seek or crave more genuinely jazz-oriented Gershwin recordings should carefully peruse other Gershwin compilations or search by song title, starting with "I Got Rhythm," "Lady Be Good" and "Love Is Here to Stay." In order to appreciate and enjoy this braided bundle of historical material, listeners may need a bit of context for what is reproduced here. The Gershwin brothers operated at the epicenter of theatrical and popular songwriting activity in New York during the '20s and '30s. Much of the vintage material compacted into the first 28 tracks of this collection has direct ties to vaudeville, cinema and stage entertainment. Fred Astaire's definitive handling of "A Foggy Day" and Al Jolson's convulsively intense performance of "Swanee" will be familiar to most listeners, but few are fortunate enough to have heard Van & Schenck harmonizing in their magnificently antiquated manner. Real Afro-American culture does emerge in Maxine Sullivan's lovely rendition of "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and a comedic take of "Oh, Lady Be Good" by Buck & Bubbles, but the vast majority of performers represented in this portion of the collection are typical of mainstream pop culture during the composer's heyday: Ukelele Ike, the Ipana Troubadors, the Singing Sophomores, the Three Songies and a number of harmless dance bands who sometimes figured out how to play it hot, as in the Ben Selvin Orchestra's recording of "Oh, Gee! Oh, Joy!" and a rousing romp through "My One and Only" by the Cliquot Club Eskimos. Kate Smith's excellent version of "I Got Rhythm" -- she actually sings the verse -- is pleasantly energetic and might come as a surprise to those who only associate her with "God Bless America." Gershwin's comedic stage material is heavily featured by a dizzy array of slaphappy Caucasian ensembles including the Rondoliers Quartet and ensembles led by Red Nichols, Abe Lyman, Eddy Duchin and Hal Kemp. Certain "upper crust" vocalists are locked into the conventional formula of light opera. Other singers do their best even if more authentic and sincere versions have been rendered by intuitive jazz musicians -- a clear example would be Ella Logan's very nice recording of "Love Is Here to Stay" as compared with the more soul-bearing interpretations by both Billie Holiday and Lester Young. This fascinating compilation also contains eight piano solos by George Gershwin, the "Concerto in F" as played by pianist Roy Bargy with Paul Whiteman's orchestra, a 23-minute "Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture" presented by Fritz Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and a "Novelty Abridgement of Rhapsody in Blue" zealously wheezed by Borah Minnevitch & His Harmonica Rascals.

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Disc 1

  1. Swanee
  2. The Yankee Doodle Blues
  3. Do It Again
  4. Somebody Loves Me
  5. Fascinating Rhythm  - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
  6. Oh, Lady Be Good
  7. Tell Me More
  8. Sweet and Low Down
  9. Song Of The Flame
  10. Medley: Oh, Kay!/Maybe/Do-Do-Do/Someone to Watch over Me/Clap Yo' ...
  11. 'S Wonderful  - Harold "Scrappy" Lambert
  12. My One and Only
  13. The Man I Love
  14. Oh, Gee! Oh, Joy!
  15. Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)
  16. Do What You Do
  17. Strike Up the Band
  18. I Got Rhythm  - Kate Smith
  19. Of Thee I Sing [Medley]
  20. Wintergreen for President
  21. My Cousin in Milwaukee
  22. Let 'Em Eat Cake
  23. It Ain't Necessarily So
  24. They All Laughed
  25. Nice Work If You Can Get It

Disc 2

  1. A Foggy Day
  2. Love Is Here to Stay
  3. Dawn Of A New Day
  4. Do Do Do
  5. Someone To Watch Over Me
  6. Clap Yo' Hands
  7. Maybe
  8. Prelude No. 1 For Piano
  9. Prelude No. 2 For Piano
  10. Prelude No. 3 For Piano
  11. Andante (Theme)
  12. Novelty Abridgement Of Rhapsody In Blue
  13. Concerto In F: I. Allegro
  14. Concerto In F: II. adagio-Andante Con Moto
  15. Concerto In F: III. Allegro Agitato
  16. Porgy And Bess: A Symphonic Picture  - Fritz Reiner

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Gershwin   Primary Artist,Piano,Track Performer
Fred Astaire   Vocals,Track Performer
Buster Bailey   Cornet,Vocals,Track Performer
Jolson   Vocals,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Track Performer
Maxine Sullivan   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Claude Thornhill   Track Performer
Paul Whiteman   Performing Ensemble
Red Nichols   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Harry Reser   Track Performer
Horace Heidt   Ensemble,Track Performer
Kate Smith   Soprano (Vocal),Track Performer
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards   Track Performer
Gertrude Niesen   Vocals
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Fritz Reiner   Conductor,Track Performer
Buck   Vocals
Alex Gray   Track Performer
Ella Logan   Soprano (Vocal),Track Performer
Ben Selvin   Performing Ensemble
Dick Robertson   Vocals,Track Performer
Roy Bargy   Piano,Track Performer
Art Lange   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Bill Harty   Track Performer
Smith Ballew   Vocals,Track Performer
Frank Banta   Piano,Track Performer
Vaughn DeLeath   Vocals,Track Performer
Lewis James   Vocals,Track Performer
Sam Lanin   Track Performer
Joe Schenck   Vocals
Ed Smalle   Piano,Track Performer
Gus Van   Vocals,Track Performer
Abe Lyman & His Californians   Band,Ensemble,Track Performer
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Red Nichols & His Five Pennies   Performing Ensemble
Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Hal Kemp & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ray Noble & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Fred Rich & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Tom Stacks   Vocals,Track Performer
Bubbles   Vocals,Tap Dance
Arthur Lange's Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Edward Matthews   Baritone,Baritone (Vocal),Track Performer
Bubbles   Vocals
Constance Mering   Piano,Track Performer
Borah Minnevitch & His Harmonica Rascals   Band,Ensemble,Track Performer
Cliquot Club Eskimos   Ensemble,Track Performer
Emil Coleman & His Riviera Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Columbia Light Opera Company   Ensemble,Track Performer
Ben Selvin Orchestra   Track Performer
Frank Sylvano   Vocals,Track Performer
Singing Sophomores   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Three Songies   Ensemble,Track Performer
Rondoliers Quartet   Ensemble,Track Performer
Charles Goodman   Vocals
Phil Neely   Vocals
Tessa Kosta   Soprano (Vocal)
Tom Patricola   Vocals
Isabella Patricola   Vocals
Russian Art Choir   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Alexander Gray   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Fred Astaire   Contributor
Claude Thornhill   Director
Harry Reser   Director
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards   Contributor
Robert Russell Bennett   Arranger
Irving Caesar   Composer,Lyricist
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Howard Dietz   Lyricist
Thomas Frost   Executive Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
Otto Harbach   Composer,Lyricist
Ipana Troubadors   Director
Gus Kahn   Lyricist
Ballard MacDonald   Composer,Lyricist
P.G. Wodehouse   Composer,Lyricist
Herbert Stothart   Composer
Bill Harty   Director
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
DuBose Heyward   Composer,Lyricist
Andreas Meyer   Engineer
Borah Minnevitch & His Harmonica Rascals   Arranger
Paul Moor   Liner Notes
Cliquot Club Eskimos   Director
Columbia Light Opera Company   Contributor
Marceline Saïbou   translation
Dorothy Heyward   Lyricist
Charles O'Connell   Producer

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