Porgy and Bess: Redefined

Porgy and Bess: Redefined

by Mark Masters

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Porgy and Bess: Redefined

So many songs from George Gershwin's folk opera Porgy & Bess have become standards that jazz fans likely take them for granted. But Mark Masters' large ensemble arrangements of selections from this work are anything but typical. "Summertime" showcases virtuoso solos connected by often wild interludes in a post-bop setting frequently marked by changes in tempo. "A Woman Is a Sometime Thing" suggests a throwback to the era of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, but with a modern flavor. Tenor saxophonist Billy Harper and Tim Hagans (on muted trumpet) shine in "Gone, Gone, Gone," in a chart which alternates between a mournful air with lush backgrounds and an avant-garde fury. "It Ain't Necessarily So" has a swaggering flavor with almost vocal-like solos. Also groundbreaking is the leader's inventive scoring of "I Loves You, Porgy," featuring baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan, Don Shelton on alto flute, along with Hagans and Harper. This CD should be considered one of the landmark interpretations of Porgy & Bess to come along since Gil Evans' famous recording with Miles Davis decades earlier.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2005
Label: Capri Records
UPC: 0054987406928
catalogNumber: 74069
Rank: 207367

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Masters   Primary Artist,Conductor
Ray Drummond   Piano,Double Bass,Soloist
Billy Harper   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Gary Smulyan   Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Tim Hagans   Trumpet,Soloist
Benedict   Trombone
Bob Carr   Bass Clarinet
Louis Fasman   Trumpet
Greg Huckins   Bass Clarinet
Joe La Barbera   Drums,Soloist
Lovitt   Trumpet
John Riley   Bassoon,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Woodley   Trombone
Cecilia Coleman   Piano
Don Shelton   Alto Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tom DeLibero   Trumpet
Stephanie O'Keefe   French Horn
Don Shelton   Alto Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Bill Roper   Tuba

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Thomas C. Burns   Executive Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mark Masters   Arranger,Executive Producer
Andy Waterman   Engineer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Anthony Cuca   Artwork
Ron Teeples   Executive Producer

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