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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Songs by the Gershwins
     

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Songs by the Gershwins

by Michael Feinstein
 
George Gershwin (1898-1937) was Broadway's jazz-age Renaissance man. His compositions include some of America's best-loved standards - "I Got Rhythm" and " The Man I Love," to scrape just the tip of the iceberg -- as well as the score for the monumental opera PORGY AND BESS. The lyrics of brother Ira (1896-1983) were an integral part of the team's greatness. On NICE

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George Gershwin (1898-1937) was Broadway's jazz-age Renaissance man. His compositions include some of America's best-loved standards - "I Got Rhythm" and " The Man I Love," to scrape just the tip of the iceberg -- as well as the score for the monumental opera PORGY AND BESS. The lyrics of brother Ira (1896-1983) were an integral part of the team's greatness. On NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT cabaret stylist Michael Feinstein presents a varied Gershwin Bros. program -- half familiar standards, half unpublished tunes. These last were either dropped from shows or given to Feinstein by Ira, for whom Feinstein spent six years as archivist, collaborator, and friend just prior to the lyricist's death. This 1996 release contains exquisite versions of "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Nice Work if You Can Get It," and "A Foggy Day (In London Town)." Feinstein's passionate vocals have a sweet nostalgia that nicely complements this top-drawer material. This meeting of legendary songwriters and inspired interpreter is as classy as it comes.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nice Work If You Can Get It: Songs by the Gershwins is Michael Feinstein's second all-Gershwin album. His first, Pure Gershwin, was his best record, probably because, as a former secretary to Ira Gershwin, he knew his way around the material. This time, Feinstein puts his extensive knowledge of the Gershwin catalogue to good use, unearthing lost songs -- "Anything for You" and "Will You Remember Me?" are given their first-ever recordings -- resurrecting original arrangements, and singing rarely used lyrics to favorites like "Someone to Watch over Me." The album's tour de force is the seven-and-a-half-minute "Fascinating Rhythm (Medley)," which travels through time to trace the development of the song and its subsequent versions in successive musical styles. The effect is to demonstrate both the timelessness and the endless versatility of George Gershwin's music. All of this is far more elaborate than the piano accompaniment on Pure Gershwin, and Feinstein has developed enough as a singer to keep up. The man has the heart of a research assistant, but few history lessons are this much fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/1996
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678283321
catalogNumber:
82833
Rank:
119336

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Performance Credits

Michael Feinstein   Primary Artist,Piano
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Stan Freeman   Piano
Sue Raney   Vocals
Med Flory   Vocals
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Bill Elliot   Conductor
Endre Granat   Concert Master
Armen Guzelimian   Piano
Gene Merlino   Vocals
Tom Ranier   Piano
Don Shelton   Vocals
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Larry Blank   Conductor
Rob Fisher   Conductor

Technical Credits

Michael Feinstein   Arranger
Stan Freeman   Arranger
Robert Russell Bennett   Arranger
Hank Cicalo   Producer,Engineer
Peter Doell   Engineer
Don Sebesky   String Arrangements
Bill Elliot   Arranger
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Russell Warner   Arranger
David D. Ross   Arranger
Harvey Cohen   Arranger

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