Porgy & Bess with Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Producer Norman Granz oversaw two Porgy & Bess projects. The first involved Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and came together during the autumn of 1957 with brassy big band and lush orchestral arrangements by Russ Garcia. This is the classic Verve Porgy & Bess, and it's been reissued many, many times. The second, recorded during the spring and summer of 1976 and issued by RCA, brought Ray Charles together with versatile British vocalist Cleo Laine, backed by an orchestra under the direction of Frank DeVol. A comparison of these two realizations bears fascinating fruit, particularly when the medleys of street vendors are played back to back. Those peasant ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Producer Norman Granz oversaw two Porgy & Bess projects. The first involved Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and came together during the autumn of 1957 with brassy big band and lush orchestral arrangements by Russ Garcia. This is the classic Verve Porgy & Bess, and it's been reissued many, many times. The second, recorded during the spring and summer of 1976 and issued by RCA, brought Ray Charles together with versatile British vocalist Cleo Laine, backed by an orchestra under the direction of Frank DeVol. A comparison of these two realizations bears fascinating fruit, particularly when the medleys of street vendors are played back to back. Those peasant songs, used in real life to purvey honey, strawberries, and crabs, were gathered and notated by George Gershwin and novelist Du Bose Heyward in 1934 during a visit to Folly Island, a small barrier island ten miles south of Charleston, SC, known today as Folly Beach. As Charleston Harbor had been one of the major ports during the importation of slaves from Africa, the waterfront was mostly populated by Gullahs, a reconstituted community that retained and preserved its ancestral cultures and languages to unusual degrees. Gershwin, who even learned to chant with the Gullah, absorbed the tonalities of the street cries he heard and wove them -- along with all of the other impressions stored within his sensitive mind -- into the fabric of his opera. What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both. Her take on "Buzzard Song" sung 19 years later by Ray Charles is a thrilling example of this woman's intrinsic theatrical genius. Pops sounds like he really savored each duet, and his trumpet work -- not a whole lot of it, because this is not a trumpeter's opera -- is characteristically good as gold. This marvelous album stands quite well on its own, but will sound best when matched with the Ray Charles/Cleo Laine version, especially the songs of the Crab Man, of Peter the Honey Man, and his wife, Lily the Strawberry Woman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517448209
  • Catalog Number: 000979002
  • Sales rank: 4,618

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Louis Armstrong (10:54)
  2. 2 Summertime - Louis Armstrong (5:00)
  3. 3 I Wants To Stay Here - Louis Armstrong (4:40)
  4. 4 My Man's Gone Now - Louis Armstrong (4:04)
  5. 5 I Got Plenty O'Nuttin' - Louis Armstrong (3:54)
  6. 6 Buzzard Song - Louis Armstrong (3:00)
  7. 7 Bess, You Is My Woman Now - Louis Armstrong (5:30)
  8. 8 It Ain't Necessarily So - Louis Armstrong (6:36)
  9. 9 What You Want Wid Bess? - Louis Armstrong (2:01)
  10. 10 A Woman Is A Sometime Thing - Louis Armstrong (4:49)
  11. 11 Oh, Doctor Jesus - Louis Armstrong (2:02)
  12. 12 Medley: Here Come De Honey Man; Crab man; Oh, Dey's So Fresh And Fine ( - Louis Armstrong (3:31)
  13. 13 There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York - Louis Armstrong (4:56)
  14. 14 Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? - Louis Armstrong (2:38)
  15. 15 Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way - Louis Armstrong (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals, Track Performer
Russell Garcia Conductor
Louis Armstrong Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Russell Garcia Arranger, Director
Norman Granz Producer, Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin Composer, Lyricist
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Dennis Drake Remixing
Joseph Young Contributor
Sheldon Marks Art Direction
David Stone Martin Illustrations
Hollis King Art Direction
DuBose Heyward Composer, Lyricist
Lawrence Stewart Liner Notes
Dave Heffernan Illustrations
Lawrence D. Stewart Liner Notes
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