I Got Rhythm: The Music of George Gershwin

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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 ...
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/1995
  • Label: SMITHSONIAN COLLECT.
  • UPC: 033251107020
  • Catalog Number: 107

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Somebody Loves Me - Aileen Stanley (2:35)
  2. 2 Funny Face - Johnny Marvin (2:52)
  3. 3 I Got Rhythm - Ethel Waters (3:03)
  4. 4 Bidin' My Time - Blue Jeans (3:15)
  5. 5 Sam and Delilah - Chick Bullock (3:25)
  6. 6 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Maxine Sullivan (2:46)
  7. 7 Who Cares? - Fred Astaire (2:48)
  8. 8 But Not for Me - Helen Forrest (3:00)
  9. 9 The Man I Love - Lena Horne (3:19)
  10. 10 Embraceable You - Tommy Dorsey (2:48)
  11. 11 Mine - Judy Garland (2:44)
  12. 12 Someone to Watch over Me - Lee Wiley (3:11)
  13. 13 Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did? - Betty Norton (3:09)
  14. 14 Love Walked In - Teddi King (2:20)
  15. 15 Isn't It a Pity? - Sarah Vaughan (3:52)
  16. 16 I Loves You, Porgy - Diahann Carroll (3:17)
  17. 17 How Long Has This Been Going On? - Dinah Shore (2:43)
  18. 18 Love Is Here to Stay - Tony Bennett (2:12)
  19. 19 Boy! What Love Has Done to Me! - Nancy Walker (3:02)
  20. 20 I Don't Think I'll Fall in Love Today - Joan Morris (2:40)
  21. 21 Do It Again - Marti Webb (4:24)
  22. 22 I've Got a Crush on You - Linda Ronstadt (3:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Won't Say I Will - Irene Bordoni (2:43)
  2. 2 Boy Wanted - Heather Thatcher (2:58)
  3. 3 Fascinating Rhythm - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (2:52)
  4. 4 Song of the Flame - Tessa Kosta (2:46)
  5. 5 Someone to Watch over Me - Gertrude Lawrence (3:18)
  6. 6 Funny Face - Adele Astaire (3:03)
  7. 7 Of Thee I Sing (Overture) @@NBC Radio Orchestra (3:32)
  8. 8 My Cousin in Milwaukee - Lyda Roberti (2:57)
  9. 9 Prelude/Summertime - Abbie Mitchell (4:08)
  10. 10 The Buzzard Song - Lawrence Tibbett (3:48)
  11. 11 I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' - Todd Duncan (2:42)
  12. 12 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off - Ginger Rogers (5:00)
  13. 13 I Was Doing All Right - Ella Logan (3:06)
  14. 14 Could You Use Me? - Mickey Rooney (3:00)
  15. 15 Swanee - Al Jolson (1:53)
  16. 16 They Can't Take That Away from Me - Fred Astaire (4:32)
  17. 17 I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise - Georges Guétary (2:36)
  18. 18 'S Wonderful - Georges Guétary (2:51)
  19. 19 It Ain't Necessarily So - John W. Sublett (2:55)
  20. 20 Bess, You Is My Woman Now - William Warfield (5:05)
  21. 21 Oh, Lawd, I'm on My Way! - Donnie Ray Albert (1:34)
  22. 22 I Got Rhythm - Jodi Benson (7:32)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Rhapsody in Blue - Paul Whiteman (9:03)
  2. 2 Prelude No. 1 - George Gershwin (1:17)
  3. 3 Prelude No. 2 - George Gershwin (2:31)
  4. 4 Prelude No. 3 - George Gershwin (0:58)
  5. 5 Andante from Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin (2:24)
  6. 6 An American in Paris - Victor Symphony Orchestra (15:44)
  7. 7 Variations on "I Got Rhythm" - George Gershwin (8:33)
  8. 8 Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (14:08)
  9. 9 Lullaby for String Quartet - Juilliard String Quartet (7:59)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Got Rhythm - Don Redman & His Orchestra (3:20)
  2. 2 Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) - Jimmie Noone & His Orchestra (2:48)
  3. 3 Summertime - Billie Holiday (2:54)
  4. 4 Oh, Lady Be Good (3:05)
  5. 5 Somebody Loves Me - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (2:49)
  6. 6 'S Wonderful - Benny Goodman & Quartet (3:25)
  7. 7 I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise - Johnny Williams Swing Sextet (2:48)
  8. 8 The Man I Love - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:08)
  9. 9 Somebody Loves Me - Jack Teagarden (2:40)
  10. 10 The Man I Love - Billie Holiday (3:02)
  11. 11 Love Walked In - Chet Baker (2:56)
  12. 12 But Not for Me - Erroll Garner (3:33)
  13. 13 They All Laughed - Louis Armstrong (3:46)
  14. 14 My Man's Gone Now - Gil Evans (6:50)
  15. 15 A Foggy Day - Art Tatum (3:21)
  16. 16 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? - Bill Potts (4:36)
  17. 17 Summertime - Shelly Manne (12:02)
  18. 18 The Man I Love - Joe Pass (7:48)
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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
The 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 "Sweets" 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
Al 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
Al 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
Al 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
Les 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
Al Lerner Piano
Alex Pevsner Violin
Dalton Rizzotto Trombone
Micky Scrima Drums
Bill Spears Viola
Al 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
Al 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 II 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
John Tyler Mastering
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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