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Porgy and Bess

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Tomes are available annotating the importance of this recording. The musical and social impact of Miles Davis, his collaborative efforts with Gil Evans, and in particular their reinvention of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess are indeed profound. However, the most efficient method of extricating the rhetoric and opining is to experience the recording. Few other musical teams would have had the ability to remain true to the undiluted spirit and multifaceted nuance of this epic work. However, no other musical teams were Miles Davis and Gil Evans. It was Evans' intimate knowledge of the composition as well as the performer that allowed him to so definitively capture the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Tomes are available annotating the importance of this recording. The musical and social impact of Miles Davis, his collaborative efforts with Gil Evans, and in particular their reinvention of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess are indeed profound. However, the most efficient method of extricating the rhetoric and opining is to experience the recording. Few other musical teams would have had the ability to remain true to the undiluted spirit and multifaceted nuance of this epic work. However, no other musical teams were Miles Davis and Gil Evans. It was Evans' intimate knowledge of the composition as well as the performer that allowed him to so definitively capture the essence of both. The four dates needed to complete work on Porgy and Bess include contributions from several members of his most recent musical aggregate: Julian "Cannonball" Adderley alto sax, Paul Chambers bass, and Jimmy Cobb drums. Although the focus and emphasis is squarely on Davis throughout, the contributions of the quartet on "Prayer Oh Doctor Jesus," "I Loves You, Porgy," and "There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York" are immeasurable. They provide a delicate balance in style and, under the direction of Evans, incorporate much of the same energy and intonation here as they did to their post-bop recordings. There is infinitely more happening on Porgy and Bess, however, with much of the evidence existing in the subtle significance of the hauntingly lyrical passages from Danny Banks' alto flute solos, which commence on "Fishermen, Strawberry and Devil Crab." Or the emotive bass and tuba duet that runs throughout "Buzzard Song." The impeccable digital remastering and subsequent reissue -- which likewise applies to the Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings box set -- only magnifies the refulgence of Porgy and Bess. Likewise, two previously unissued performances have been appended to the original baker's dozen. No observation or collection of American jazz can be deemed complete without this recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646514122
  • Catalog Number: 65141
  • Sales rank: 12,626

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Track Performer
Gil Evans Indexed Contributor, Conductor, Performing Ensemble
Cannonball Adderley Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Phil Bodner Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute
Julius Watkins French Horn
Frank Rehak Trombone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Willie Ruff French Horn
Danny Bank Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Danny Banks Saxophone
Billy Barber Tuba
John Barber Tuba
Joseph Bennett Trombone
Paul Chambers Bass
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute
Gunther Schuller Horn, French Horn
Dick Hixon Trombone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Bill Kirchner Liner Notes
Gil Evans Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Frank Laico Engineer
Cal Lampley Producer
Phil Schaap Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Remastering
Mark Wilder Remastering
Phil Boduet Contributor
Charles Edward Smith Liner Notes
Tom "Curly" Ruff Engineer
Cozbi Sanchez-Cabrera Art Direction
Randall Martin Reissue Design
DuBose Heyward Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    listening music

    wonderful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Sweetest Lullaby

    This album is the lullaby that rocks me to sleep, the muse that composes words of beauty into my writing, the musician that brings the symphony of soul into the heart, the food and water that I nourish in my blood, and the human spirit that reflects the joyous and tenderly sad world that takes its peak at every sound it makes from music. I truly can't get enough of this album! Each time I listen to it, it's like I am being in love all over again. This album was the first Miles Davis album I had ever gotten. Something about this album makes me cry...it's as if the music is coming from the inspiring words of God. It's truly a remarkable flight to the stars.

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