Red Hot + Rhapsody: The Gershwin Groove

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Another year, another Red Hot project of unlikely musical bedfellows, this time paying tribute in their divergent ways to George Gershwin in the year of his centennial. All kinds of styles are tossed about, from a full symphony orchestra to the latest hip-hop and retro-electronic techniques. The tracks that work the best are those that seem to use Gershwin simply as a point of departure for their own agendas: to cite a few, Smoke City's odd combination of electronica and Brazilian rhythm on "They Can't Take That Away from Me," Michael Franti's interpolated ghetto raps in the middle of Spearhead/Ernest Ranglin's cool, hip-hop "I Got Plenty O' Nuthin." As a pocket ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Another year, another Red Hot project of unlikely musical bedfellows, this time paying tribute in their divergent ways to George Gershwin in the year of his centennial. All kinds of styles are tossed about, from a full symphony orchestra to the latest hip-hop and retro-electronic techniques. The tracks that work the best are those that seem to use Gershwin simply as a point of departure for their own agendas: to cite a few, Smoke City's odd combination of electronica and Brazilian rhythm on "They Can't Take That Away from Me," Michael Franti's interpolated ghetto raps in the middle of Spearhead/Ernest Ranglin's cool, hip-hop "I Got Plenty O' Nuthin." As a pocket sampling of the differing approaches, Morcheeba's ultra-sultry vocal teams up with Hubert Laws' flute on a most effective "Summertime," while an aging Bobby Womack successfully fuses rap and '70s funk on the same tune. On the other hand, while it's nice to hear performers from the ranks of Generation X and thereabouts taking enough interest in Gershwin to try and interpret his tunes straight on, many of them simply do not have the expressiveness in their voices to get much out of the songs. Either that or their deliberately ironic stances preclude emotion; nothing seems to touch them, they sound disembodied and vacant. Rock veteran David Bowie turns out to be the most affecting balladeer of them all in "A Foggy Day," accompanied by film composer Angelo Badalamenti's brooding strings. The only standalone jazz personality is Clark Terry, who growls a brief "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" in his "mumbles" voice while blowing a bit of muted trumpet overhead. Though backloading the CD with sustained ballads drains much of its energy, the album is never less than absorbing. Yet there is little fusion of eras and attitudes, nor a sense of passing the torch as there is on the thrilling Red Hot + Rio package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/1998
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731455778847
  • Catalog Number: 557788

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summertime (4:44)
  2. 2 It Ain't Necessarily So (4:39)
  3. 3 But Not for Me (3:26)
  4. 4 They Can't Take That Away From Me (2:49)
  5. 5 I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' (5:01)
  6. 6 Summertime (6:01)
  7. 7 I Was Doing All Right (3:31)
  8. 8 Embraceable You (4:25)
  9. 9 Let's Call The Whole Thing Off (1:56)
  10. 10 I've Got A Crush On You (3:27)
  11. 11 Peter Sellers Sings George Gershwin (2:22)
  12. 12 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Majestic 12 (3:10)
  13. 13 The Man I Love (4:18)
  14. 14 'S Wonderful/Rhapsody In Blue - Skylab (5:58)
  15. 15 Someone to Watch over Me (3:46)
  16. 16 Bess, You Is My Woman Now (6:05)
  17. 17 Suite For A Foggy Day (In London Town) (5:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Baaba Maal Vocals, Track Performer
David Bowie Vocals, Track Performer
Bobby Womack Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Hubert Laws Flute, Track Performer
Grady Tate Drums
Walter Booker Bass
Luscious Jackson Track Performer
Spearhead Track Performer
Angelo Badalamenti Keyboards, Track Performer
Chris Botti Trumpet
John Campo Bassoon
Clark Terry Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
Todd Coolman Bass
Sarah Cracknell Vocals, Track Performer
Davina Track Performer
Michael Franti Vocals
Natalie Merchant Bass, Track Performer
Money Mark Track Performer
Sinéad O'Connor Track Performer
Ernest Ranglin Guitar, Track Performer
Albert Regni Alto Saxophone
Kate Schellenbach Drums
Duncan Sheik Track Performer
Scott Spencer Storch Keyboards
Vivian Trimble Accordion, Keyboards
Josephine Wiggs Bass
Joel O'Brien Piano
Andre Badalamenti Clarinet, Conductor
Chris Franck Guitar, Percussion
Sherry Sylar Oboe
Carl Young Bass, Keyboards
Petra Haden Violin
The Roots Track Performer
Jill Cunniff Vocals
Liliana Chachian Vocals
James Gray Keyboards
Morcheeba Track Performer
Ross Godfrey Guitar
Skye Edwards Vocals
Matteo Saggese Keyboards
Finley Quaye Bass, Vocals, Track Performer
Kid Loco Track Performer
Smoke City Track Performer
Anthony Brewster Keyboards
Majestic 12 Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Barry Reynolds Arranger, Producer
John Carlin Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
George Cowan Engineer
Pete Craigie Engineer
Michael Franti Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Andrew Hale Engineer
Paul Hussey Engineer
Dave Ivory Engineer
Natalie Merchant Producer
Sinéad O'Connor Producer
Phil Ramone Producer
Bernard Terry Engineer
Andre Badalamenti Arranger
Carlos Bess Programming, Producer, Engineer
Richard Nichols Executive Producer
Tony Mangurian Producer, Engineer
Patrick Zimmerli Arranger
Tom Coyne Mastering
Paul Godfrey Programming, beats
Pascal Colomb Engineer
Paul Heck Producer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Finley Quaye Producer
Peter Nashel Producer, Engineer
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