Nice Work If You Can Get It: Songs by the Gershwins

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nice Work If You Can Get It: Songs by the Gershwins is Michael Feinstein's second all-Gershwin album. His first, Pure Gershwin, was his best record, probably because, as a former secretary to Ira Gershwin, he knew his way around the material. This time, Feinstein puts his extensive knowledge of the Gershwin catalogue to good use, unearthing lost songs -- "Anything for You" and "Will You Remember Me?" are given their first-ever recordings -- resurrecting original arrangements, and singing rarely used lyrics to favorites like "Someone to Watch over Me." The album's tour de force is the seven-and-a-half-minute "Fascinating Rhythm Medley," which travels through time to ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nice Work If You Can Get It: Songs by the Gershwins is Michael Feinstein's second all-Gershwin album. His first, Pure Gershwin, was his best record, probably because, as a former secretary to Ira Gershwin, he knew his way around the material. This time, Feinstein puts his extensive knowledge of the Gershwin catalogue to good use, unearthing lost songs -- "Anything for You" and "Will You Remember Me?" are given their first-ever recordings -- resurrecting original arrangements, and singing rarely used lyrics to favorites like "Someone to Watch over Me." The album's tour de force is the seven-and-a-half-minute "Fascinating Rhythm Medley," which travels through time to trace the development of the song and its subsequent versions in successive musical styles. The effect is to demonstrate both the timelessness and the endless versatility of George Gershwin's music. All of this is far more elaborate than the piano accompaniment on Pure Gershwin, and Feinstein has developed enough as a singer to keep up. The man has the heart of a research assistant, but few history lessons are this much fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/1996
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678283321
  • Catalog Number: 82833

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Feinstein Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Bill Watrous Trombone
Stan Freeman Piano
Sue Raney Vocals
Med Flory Vocals
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Don Sebesky Conductor
Bill Elliot Conductor
Endre Granat Concert Master
Armen Guzelimian Piano
Gene Merlino Vocals
Tom Ranier Piano
Don Shelton Vocals
Gerald Vinci Concert Master
Larry Blank Conductor
Rob Fisher Conductor
Technical Credits
Michael Feinstein Arranger
Stan Freeman Arranger
Robert Russell Bennett Arranger
Hank Cicalo Producer, Engineer
Peter Doell Engineer
Don Sebesky String Arrangements
Bill Elliot Arranger
Leslie Ann Jones Engineer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Russell Warner Arranger
David Ross Arranger
Harvey Cohen Arranger
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