I Got Rhythm: The Music of George Gershwin

I Got Rhythm: The Music of George Gershwin


This wide-ranging four-CD set has performances of George Gershwin's music divided into four categories: Popular Song, Stage and Screen, Concert Hall, and Jazz. The 71 recordings range from fairly straight Broadway singers to classical music, jazz, and several piano solos from Gershwin himself. The beauty of this collection as it has been assembled by producer See more details below


This wide-ranging four-CD set has performances of George Gershwin's music divided into four categories: Popular Song, Stage and Screen, Concert Hall, and Jazz. The 71 recordings range from fairly straight Broadway singers to classical music, jazz, and several piano solos from Gershwin himself. The beauty of this collection as it has been assembled by producer Dwight Blocker Bowers is that it goes into so many far-flung corners of the composer's work and output -- not only into the work of familiar names such as Ethel Waters, Jo Stafford, Bing Crosby, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore, Tony Bennett, and Linda Ronstadt in the popular song category, but also such less-well-known but important names as Johnny Marvin; and, in the "On Stage and Screen" volume, notable recordings by Irene Bordoni ("I Won't Say I Will"), Heather Thatcher ("Boy Wanted"), and Tessa Kosta ("Song of the Flame"), and revelations such as Cliff Edwards' amazing rendition of "Fascinating Rhythm." Gershwin himself dominates the "Concert Hall" volume as a performing artist, augmented by the presence of Leonard Pennario on the "Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra," and the Juilliard String Quartet on the "Lullaby for String Quartet." Although not all of the music is of equal interest, there are enough rarities included to interest even veteran collectors and the 64-page booklet is quite appealing, and the producers have also done an excellent job of cleaning up and improving certain technically deficient historical recordings, such as Thatcher's rendition of "Boy Wanted," from a 1921 acoustically recorded cast production; additionally, they have reached out to the licensing of actual film soundtrack excerpts, and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, to represent such works as "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," from Shall We Dance. One could easily do double- or triple-CD sets devoted to the jazz, popular, and theatrical aspects of Gershwin's work, but as an overview of all of them within manageable boundaries, this is a well-conceived and successful reissue of valuable music. ~ Scott Yanow & Bruce Eder

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Disc 1

  1. Somebody Loves Me  - Aileen Stanley
  2. Funny Face  - Johnny Marvin
  3. I Got Rhythm  - Ethel Waters
  4. Bidin' My Time  -  Blue Jeans
  5. Sam and Delilah  - Chick Bullock
  6. Nice Work If You Can Get It  - Maxine Sullivan
  7. Who Cares?  - Fred Astaire
  8. But Not for Me  - Helen Forrest
  9. The Man I Love  - Lena Horne
  10. Embraceable You  - Tommy Dorsey
  11. Mine  - Judy Garland
  12. Someone to Watch over Me  - Lee Wiley
  13. Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did?  - Betty Norton
  14. Love Walked In  - Teddi King
  15. Isn't It a Pity?  - Sarah Vaughan
  16. I Loves You, Porgy  - Diahann Carroll
  17. How Long Has This Been Going On?  - Dinah Shore
  18. Love Is Here to Stay  - Tony Bennett
  19. Boy! What Love Has Done to Me!  - Nancy Walker
  20. I Don't Think I'll Fall in Love Today  - Joan Morris
  21. Do It Again  - Marti Webb
  22. I've Got a Crush on You  - Linda Ronstadt

Disc 2

  1. I Won't Say I Will  - Irene Bordoni
  2. Boy Wanted  - Heather Thatcher
  3. Fascinating Rhythm  - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
  4. Song of the Flame  - Tessa Kosta
  5. Someone to Watch over Me  - Gertrude Lawrence
  6. Funny Face  - Adele Astaire
  7. Of Thee I Sing (Overture) @@NBC Radio Orchestra
  8. My Cousin in Milwaukee  - Lyda Roberti
  9. Prelude/Summertime  - Abbie Mitchell
  10. The Buzzard Song  - Lawrence Tibbett
  11. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'  - Todd Duncan
  12. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off  - Ginger Rogers
  13. I Was Doing All Right  - Ella Logan
  14. Could You Use Me?  - Mickey Rooney
  15. Swanee  -  Jolson
  16. They Can't Take That Away from Me  - Fred Astaire
  17. I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise  - Georges Guétary
  18. 'S Wonderful  - Georges Guétary
  19. It Ain't Necessarily So  - John W. Sublett
  20. Bess, You Is My Woman Now  - William Warfield
  21. Oh, Lawd, I'm on My Way!  - Donnie Ray Albert
  22. I Got Rhythm  - Jodi Benson

Disc 3

  1. Rhapsody in Blue  - Paul Whiteman
  2. Prelude No. 1  - George Gershwin
  3. Prelude No. 2  - George Gershwin
  4. Prelude No. 3  - George Gershwin
  5. Andante from Rhapsody in Blue  - George Gershwin
  6. An American in Paris  -  Victor Symphony Orchestra
  7. Variations on "I Got Rhythm"  - George Gershwin
  8. Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra  -  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
  9. Lullaby for String Quartet  -  Juilliard String Quartet

Disc 4

  1. I Got Rhythm  -  Don Redman & His Orchestra
  2. Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)  -  Jimmie Noone & His Orchestra
  3. Summertime  - Billie Holiday
  4. Oh, Lady Be Good
  5. Somebody Loves Me  -  Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  6. 'S Wonderful  -  Benny Goodman & Quartet
  7. I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise  -  Johnny Williams Swing Sextet
  8. The Man I Love  -  Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
  9. Somebody Loves Me  - Jack Teagarden
  10. The Man I Love  - Billie Holiday
  11. Love Walked In  - Chet Baker
  12. But Not for Me  - Erroll Garner
  13. They All Laughed  - Louis Armstrong
  14. My Man's Gone Now  - Gil Evans
  15. A Foggy Day  - Art Tatum
  16. Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?  - Bill Potts
  17. Summertime  - Shelly Manne
  18. The Man I Love  - Joe Pass

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

William Bolcom   Piano
George Gershwin   Piano,Celeste,Track Performer
Leontyne Price   Track Performer
Lawrence Tibbett   Track Performer
Fred Astaire   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Judy Garland   Track Performer
Gene Kelly   Track Performer
Vaughn Monroe   Track Performer
Pied Pipers   Track Performer
Dinah Shore   Track Performer
Jo Stafford   Track Performer
Linda Ronstadt   Track Performer
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Chet Baker   Trumpet,Track Performer
George Barnes   Guitar
Count Basie   Piano
Louie Bellson   Drums
Tony Bennett   Track Performer
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Phil Bodner   Flute
Bob Brookmeyer   Trombone
Charlie Christian   Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
Eddie Condon   Guitar,Track Performer
Miles Davis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Sidney DeParis   Trumpet
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet,Track Performer
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Bill Evans   Piano
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Victor Feldman   Piano
Ella Fitzgerald   Track Performer
Russ Freeman   Piano
Erroll Garner   Piano,Track Performer
Benny Goodman   Clarinet,Track Performer
Joe Gordon   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Don Grolnick   Piano
Bobby Hackett   Trumpet
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Lena Horne   Track Performer
Milt Jackson   Vibes,Track Performer
Harry James   Trumpet,Track Performer
Jolson   Track Performer
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Max Kaminsky   Trumpet
Richie Kamuca   Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
John Kirby   Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Shelly Manne   Drums,Track Performer
Billy May   Trumpet
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Joe Pass   Guitar,Track Performer
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Bill Potts   Track Performer
Buddy Rich   Drums
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Spivak   Trumpet
Maxine Sullivan   Track Performer
Art Tatum   Piano,Track Performer
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals,Track Performer
Claude Thornhill   Piano
Ethel Waters   Track Performer
Julius Watkins   Flugelhorn
Paul Whiteman   Track Performer
Lee Wiley   Track Performer
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Joe Bushkin   Piano
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Bob Haggart   Bass
Horace Henderson   Piano
Jack Jenney   Trombone
Rod Levitt   Trombone
Hal McKusick   Alto Saxophone
Benny Morton   Trombone
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmie Noone   Clarinet,Track Performer
Gene Quill   Alto Saxophone
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Earl Swope   Trombone
George Wettling   Drums
Heine Beau   Tenor Saxophone
Diahann Carroll   Track Performer
Helen Forrest   Track Performer
Teddi King   Track Performer
Max Morath   Track Performer
Don Redman   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Joe Bennett   Trombone
Carson Robison   Vocals
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards   Track Performer
Joan Morris   Track Performer
Nancy Walker   Track Performer
Gertrude Lawrence   Track Performer
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Pennario   Piano,Track Performer
Georges Guétary   Track Performer
Jodi Benson   Track Performer
Jimmy Cobb   Trumpet
Willie Ruff   Flugelhorn
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Walter Page   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra   Track Performer
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Chet Amsterdam   Bass
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
George Arus   Trombone
Red Ballard   Trombone
Danny Bank   Bass Clarinet
Billy Barber   Tuba
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Barney Bigard   Tenor Saxophone
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Bud Billings   Vocals
Hoyt Bohannon   Trombone
Perry Botkin   Guitar
Claude Bowen   Trumpet
Ray Brown   Bass
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Billy Byers   Trombone
Monty Budwig   Bass
Nick Buono   Trumpet
Ernie Caceres   Baritone Saxophone
Red Callender   Bass
Harry Carney   Alto Saxophone
Paul Chambers   Bass
Shirley Clay   Trumpet
Zinky Cohn   Piano
Rupert Cole   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Langston Curl   Trumpet
John Cyr   Drums
Buddy DeSylva   Trumpet
Gus Dixon   Trombone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone,Track Performer
Duke Ellington   Piano,Track Performer
Gil Evans   Track Performer
Nick Fatool   Drums
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Harry Goodman   Bass
Irving Goodman   Trumpet
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
John Guerin   Drums
Fred Guy   Banjo
Joe Guy   Trumpet
Hall   Bass
Benny Heller   Guitar
Edward Inge   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Freddie Jenkins   Trumpet
Jerry Jerome   Tenor Saxophone
Osie Johnson   Drums
Manzie Johnson   Drums
Claude Jones   Trombone
Manny Klein   Trumpet
John Lindsay   Bass
Don Lodice   Tenor Saxophone
Ella Logan   Track Performer
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Robert Mann   Violin
Dodo Marmarosa   Piano
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Jack Mayhew   Saxophone
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Louis Mucci   Trumpet
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Romeo Penque   Flute
Charlie Persip   Drums
Eddie Pollack   Alto Saxophone
Lou Prisby   Alto Saxophone
Milt Raskin   Piano
Morris Rayman   Bass
Talcott Reeves   Banjo
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Harry Rodgers   Trombone
Ginger Rogers   Track Performer
Mickey Roker   Drums
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Rooney   Track Performer
Bobby Rosengarden   Drums
Ralph Rosenlund   Tenor Saxophone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Sonny Russo   Trombone
Sarah Vaughan   Track Performer
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Sol Schlinger   Baritone Saxophone
Gene Schroeder   Piano
Gunther Schuller   Flugelhorn
George Schwartz   Trumpet
Ben Selvin   Violin
George Shaw   Bass
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Terry Snyder   Drums
O'Neill Spencer   Drums
Jess Stacy   Piano
Fred Stulce   Alto Saxophone
Bob Swift   Trombone
Rudy Tanza   Alto Saxophone
Melvin Tax   Vibes
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Dave Tough   Drums
Ted Vesely   Trombone
Jon Walton   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Washington   Drums
Marti Webb   Track Performer
Sid Weiss   Bass
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Ollie Wilson   Trombone
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone
Clark Yocum   Guitar
Bob Ysaguirre   Bass
Bill Douglass   Drums
Dick Hixon   Bass Trombone
Anthony Terran   Trumpet
Jimmy Blake   Trumpet
Chick Bullock   Track Performer
Todd Duncan   Track Performer
Charles Griffard   Trumpet
Leonard Mach   Trumpet
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Gordon "Specs" Powell   Drums
William Warfield   Track Performer
Clint Davis   Baritone Saxophone
Sindel Kopp   Violin
Claude Lakey   Alto Saxophone
Lerner   Piano
Alex Pevsner   Violin
Dalton Rizzotto   Trombone
Micky Scrima   Drums
Bill Spears   Viola
Stearns   Trumpet
Thurman Teague   Bass
John Williams [drums]   Drums
Peter Beilman   Trombone
Bill DePew   Alto Saxophone
Charlie LaVere   Piano,Celeste
Fred Robinson   Trombone
James Skiles   Trombone
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
Tommy Turk   Trombone
Morris Wechsler   Piano
Johnny Williams   Track Performer
Juilliard String Quartet   Track Performer
Victor Arden   Piano
Irene Bordoni   Track Performer
Eddie Brown   Clarinet
Johnny Marvin   Track Performer
Frank Novak   Ocarina
Phil Ohman   Piano
Aileen Stanley   Track Performer
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Benny Goodman & Quartet   Track Performer
Shelly Manne & His Men   Track Performer
Don Redman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Pete Peterson   Bass
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Richard Clark   Tenor Saxophone
Manny Gershman   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Peterson   Trumpet
Fred Whiting   Bass
Lou Busch   Piano
Morton Friedman   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Shapiro   Bass
Tom Waring   Piano
Dave Jacobs   Trombone
Archie Rosate   Saxophone
Bus Bassie   Tenor Saxophone
Eva Jessye Choir   Vocals
Phil Crow   Vocals
Raphael Hillyer   Viola
Nick Pisano   Violin
Bruce Snyder   Tenor Saxophone
Victor Symphony Orchestra   Track Performer
Leo Zorn   Violin
Leroy Shield   Piano
Arthur Francis   Trumpet
Adele Astaire   Track Performer
David Matthews   Tenor Saxophone
Donnie Ray Albert   Track Performer
Jimmie Noone & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Carl "Tatti" Smith   Trumpet
Elia Friede   Cello
Tessa Kosta   Track Performer
Johnny Williams Swing Sextet   Track Performer
Claus Adam   Cello
John W. Sublett   Track Performer
Robert Carroll   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer,Director,Orchestration
Eddie Condon   Director
Benny Goodman   Director
Harry James   Director
Shelly Manne   Director
Bill Potts   Arranger,Director
Artie Shaw   Director
Claude Thornhill   Director
Ralph Burns   Director
Jimmie Noone   Director
Don Redman   Arranger,Director
Skitch Henderson   Director
Cohn   Director
Sid Bass   Director
Dwight Blocker Bowers   Producer,Liner Notes
Lou Bring   Director
William David Brohn   Orchestration
Irving Caesar   Composer
Leonard DePaur   Director
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Tommy Dorsey   Director
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Director
Gil Evans   Arranger,Director
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger
Paul Gemignani   Director
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Arranger,Director
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Lennie Hayton   Director
Ian Hughes   Arranger,Director
Gus Kahn   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger,Director
Conrad Salinger   Arranger
Eddie Sauter   Arranger
Nat Shilkret   Arranger,Director
Alfred Newman   Director
George Stoll   Director
Bruce Talbot   Producer,Executive Producer
Herbert Stothart   Composer
Bill Harty   Director
Joseph Lilley   Arranger,Director
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Alexander Smallens   Director
John Ansell   Director,Orchestration
Ned Freeman   Arranger
Julian Jones   Director
Louis Katzman   Director

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