The Complete Gershwin Songbooks

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The Complete Gershwin Songbooks collects three discs also released separately: 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, and 'S Paradise. The first two discs include the greatest vocalists Verve had to offer, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Bing Crosby, Joe Williams, Fred Astaire, and even Antonio Carlos Jobim. Obviously, the songs are all classics and the versions presented are quite legendary themselves. The third disc in the set includes instrumental versions of Gershwin standards by Bill Evans, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Clifford Brown, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson that focus on the composer's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The Complete Gershwin Songbooks collects three discs also released separately: 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, and 'S Paradise. The first two discs include the greatest vocalists Verve had to offer, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Bing Crosby, Joe Williams, Fred Astaire, and even Antonio Carlos Jobim. Obviously, the songs are all classics and the versions presented are quite legendary themselves. The third disc in the set includes instrumental versions of Gershwin standards by Bill Evans, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Clifford Brown, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson that focus on the composer's stunning gift of melody and harmonic interplay -- just as the vocalists' versions highlight his lyrical prowess. Not all the versions are definitive, but The Complete Gershwin Songbooks includes many treats for fans of classic traditional pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/1995
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452915221
  • Catalog Number: 529152
  • Sales rank: 14,048

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 They Can't Take That Away from Me (4:10)
  2. 2 Summertime (3:24)
  3. 3 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (4:12)
  4. 4 Embraceable You (4:47)
  5. 5 But Not for Me (2:24)
  6. 6 They All Laughed (2:40)
  7. 7 The Man I Love (7:39)
  8. 8 Oh, Lady Be Good - Dexter Gordon (4:11)
  9. 9 There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York (4:51)
  10. 10 How Long Has This Been Going On? (5:50)
  11. 11 's Wonderful - Joe Williams (2:37)
  12. 12 I Loves You, Porgy (2:31)
  13. 13 I've Got a Crush on You (4:01)
  14. 14 Fascinating Rhythm (2:42)
  15. 15 Someone to Watch over Me (5:58)
  16. 16 Love Is Here to Stay (3:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Got Rhythm (2:55)
  2. 2 Nice Work If You Can Get It (3:50)
  3. 3 Embraceable You - Joe Williams (4:36)
  4. 4 Who Cares? (3:15)
  5. 5 A Woman Is a Sometime Thing (4:45)
  6. 6 Love Walked In (3:06)
  7. 7 Love Is Here to Stay (3:11)
  8. 8 Oh, Lady Be Good (4:30)
  9. 9 Of Thee I Sing (Baby) (3:07)
  10. 10 For You, for Me, for Evermore (3:03)
  11. 11 A Foggy Day (8:00)
  12. 12 Someone to Watch over Me (2:53)
  13. 13 Isn't It a Pity? (5:47)
  14. 14 They Can't Take That Away from Me (4:38)
  15. 15 's Wonderful (2:29)
  16. 16 Fascinating Rhythm (2:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Fascinating Rhythm (4:15)
  2. 2 My Man's Gone Now (6:44)
  3. 3 Mine (6:27)
  4. 4 How Long Has This Been Going On? (3:54)
  5. 5 Somebody Loves Me (3:22)
  6. 6 Prelude II (2:17)
  7. 7 They All Laughed (2:31)
  8. 8 Nice Work If You Can Get It (5:55)
  9. 9 I Loves You, Porgy (5:40)
  10. 10 Love Is Here to Stay (3:31)
  11. 11 The Man I Love (5:28)
  12. 12 A Foggy Day (3:22)
  13. 13 Strike up the Band (3:15)
  14. 14 Embraceable You - Clifford Brown (3:01)
  15. 15 's Wonderful (5:12)
  16. 16 Someone to Watch over Me (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Gershwin Primary Artist
Fred Astaire Vocals, Track Performer
Bing Crosby Track Performer
Nina Simone Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Toshiko Akiyoshi Piano, Track Performer
Ernestine Anderson Vocals, Track Performer
Louie Bellson Drums, Track Performer
Bob Brookmeyer Valve Trombone, Track Performer
Clifford Brown Trumpet, Track Performer
Betty Carter Track Performer
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone, Track Performer
Bob Cooper Saxophone
Blossom Dearie Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Buddy DeFranco Clarinet, Track Performer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Bill Evans Piano
Tal Farlow Guitar, Track Performer
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald Track Performer
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Freddie Green Guitar
Urbie Green Trombone
Jim Hall Guitar, Track Performer
Jake Hanna Drums
Bill Henderson Track Performer
Shirley Horn Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Bobby Jaspar Flugelhorn
Henry Johnson Guitar
Hank Jones Piano
Thad Jones Trumpet
Wynton Kelly Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
Morgana King Track Performer
Mel Lewis Drums
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Helen Merrill Track Performer
Red Mitchell Bass
Ted Nash Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Anthony Ortega Alto Saxophone
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Peterson Piano, Cello, Track Performer
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Prysock Vocals, Track Performer
Buddy Rich Drums
Jerome Richardson Tenor Saxophone
Max Roach Drums
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Marshall Royal Saxophone
Bud Shank Saxophone
George Shearing Piano, Track Performer
Norman Simmons Piano
Paul Smith Piano
Art Tatum Piano, Track Performer
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Dinah Washington Vocals, Track Performer
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Joe Williams Vocals, Track Performer
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Russell Garcia Conductor
Neal Hefti Conductor
Rick Henderson Alto Saxophone
Lou Levy Piano
Hal McKusick Alto Saxophone
Lanny Morgan Alto Saxophone
Joe Puma Guitar
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Ed Thigpen Drums
Nick Travis Trumpet
Chuck Wayne Guitar
Don Braden Tenor Saxophone
Al Caiola Guitar
Dick Marx Piano
Frank deVol Conductor
Felix Slatkin Violin
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Anita O'Day Vocals, Track Performer
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Med Flory Vocals
Charles Ables Bass, Ebo
Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson Piano
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
Victor Arno Violin
Bob Badgley Bass
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Al Beldini Drums
Joe Benjamin Bass
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Denzil Best Drums
Keter Betts Bass
Billie Holiday Vocals, Track Performer
Michael Bowie Bass
Paulinho Braga Drums
Ray Brown Bass
Larry Bunker Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar, Track Performer
Candido Camero Bongos, Conga
Gene Cherico Bass
Gene Cipriano Woodwind
Clark Terry Trumpet
Henry Coker Trombone
Joe Comfort Bass
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Tenor Saxophone
Harold Dicterow Violin
Alvin Dinkin Viola
Don Elliott Mellophonium, Vibes, Track Performer
Frank Flynn Drums
Frank Foster Piano
Johnny Frigo Bass
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Chuck Gentry Saxophone
Benny Gill Violin
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Benny Golson Tenor Saxophone
Honey Gordon Vocals
Richard Gordon Vocals
Bill Graham Saxophone
Jewell L. Grant Woodwind
William Green Woodwind
Benny Green Piano
Winard Harper Drums
Roy Haynes Drums
J.C. Heard Drums
Milt Hinton Bass
Francis Howard Trombone
Bill Hughes Trombone
Antonio Carlos Jobim Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Paulo Jobim Guitar
Osie Johnson Drums
Jimmy Jones Piano
Reunald Jones Trumpet
Kathyrine Julye Harp
Eddie Karam Conductor
Gerryck King Drums
Harry Klee Woodwind
Junior Mance Piano
Joe Mondragon Bass
Jay Migliori Tenor Saxophone
Mooney Conductor
Jaques Morelenbaum Cello
George Morrow Bass
Dick Nash Trombone
John Neves Bass
Jack Nimitz Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Payne Drums
Romeo Penque Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Persip Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Jimmy Priddy Trombone
Ray Reed Tenor Saxophone
George Roberts Trombone
Paul Robyn Viola
Sarah Vaughan Vocals, Track Performer
Shorty Sherock Trumpet
Paul Shure Violin
John Simmons Bass
Stuff Smith Violin
Marshall Sosson Violin
Alvin Stoller Drums
Joe Triscari Trumpet
Gerald Vinci Violin
Champ Webb Woodwind
Frank Wess Saxophone
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Bobby White Drums
Gene Wright Bass
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Alex Beller Violin
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Victor Bay Violin
Stanley Harris Viola
Murray Kellner Violin
Karl de Karske Bass Trombone
Dale McMickle Trumpet
Bob Peterson Bass
Eddie Jones Bass
Ralph Martin Piano
Hal Mooney Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Tião Neto Bass
Tommy Mitchell Bass Trombone
Gus Chappell Trombone
Tommy Pederson Trombone
Lisle Atkinson Bass
Richie Powell Piano
Maurice Stein Saxophone
George Ulyate Trombone
Jim Decker French Horn
Hayman Conductor
Steve Williams Drums
Bobby Hamilton Drums
Paul E. West Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Bob Brookmeyer Contributor
Blossom Dearie Contributor
Tal Farlow Arranger
Quincy Jones Arranger
Supersax Contributor
Russell Garcia Arranger
Neal Hefti Arranger
Buddy Bregman Arranger
Frank deVol Arranger
Isaac & James Liner Notes
Paulinho Braga Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Nat Hentoff Producer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Arranger
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Mooney Arranger
Jaques Morelenbaum Producer
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Hy Weiss Producer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
Étsuko Iseki Director, Art Direction
Suha Gur Mastering
Miriam Cutler & Swing Street Producer
Hal Mooney Orchestra Contributor
Gary N. Mayo Mastering, Remastering
Ron Berinstein Producer
Chika Azuma Director
DuBose Heyward Composer
Chris Thompson Art Direction
Hayman Arranger
Norman Franz Producer
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