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Porgy and Bess

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All Music Guide - Leo Stanley
In general, Joe Henderson's take on Porgy and Bess meets the high standards of his latter-day records for Verve. Working with arranger Bob Belden and a wonderful combo -- including guitarist John Scofield, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette, trombonist Conrad Herwig and vibraphonist Stefon Harris -- Henderson brings Gershwin's music to life with subtle beauty and grace. Furthermore, he demonstrates his uniqueness -- Henderson's Porgy and Bess may share the same source as Miles Davis' legendary Porgy and Bess, yet it has an original sound, relying less on orchestration than that classic. While this disc is not flawless -- instead of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Leo Stanley
In general, Joe Henderson's take on Porgy and Bess meets the high standards of his latter-day records for Verve. Working with arranger Bob Belden and a wonderful combo -- including guitarist John Scofield, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette, trombonist Conrad Herwig and vibraphonist Stefon Harris -- Henderson brings Gershwin's music to life with subtle beauty and grace. Furthermore, he demonstrates his uniqueness -- Henderson's Porgy and Bess may share the same source as Miles Davis' legendary Porgy and Bess, yet it has an original sound, relying less on orchestration than that classic. While this disc is not flawless -- instead of enhancing the music, guest spots from vocalists Chaka Khan and Sting actually stop the momentum, calling attention to themselves -- it nevertheless is another valuable addition to Henderson's catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/2009
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602527104164
  • Catalog Number: 001312002
  • Sales rank: 61,935

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Henderson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Sting Vocals
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Dave Holland Bass
John Scofield Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chaka Khan Vocals
Conrad Herwig Trombone
Stefon Harris Vibes
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Bob Belden Arranger, Musical Director
Joe Henderson Arranger, Producer
Jim Anderson Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer, Lyricist
Kevin Hays Arranger
Conrad Herwig Arranger
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Allan Tucker Mastering
Leanne Ungar Engineer
Simon Osborne Engineer
Giulio Turturro Art Direction
Hollis King Art Direction
DuBose Heyward Composer, Lyricist
Samantha Black Assistant Production Coordination
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