The Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Collection

by George Gershwin


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The Ultimate Collection

George Gershwin: The Ultimate Collection is a nice double-disc set that collects definitive performances of Gershwin standards from Rhapsody in Blue to Funny Face. It's a wildly eclectic collection, containing cuts from Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Audrey Hepburn, Sarah Vaughan, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, thereby offering a good portrait of the depth of Gershwin's material and the way it lends itself to so many different styles. It's not necessarily a definitive collection -- he wrote so much great music, it's nearly impossible to condense it all into one set -- but it's one terrific sampler.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/1998
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028946000229
catalogNumber: 460002
Rank: 66627

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Gershwin   Primary Artist
Leroy Anderson   Performing Ensemble
Arthur Fiedler   Conductor
Fred Astaire   Vocals,Dancer,Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Vocals,Track Performer
Nina Simone   Vocals,Track Performer
Blossom Dearie   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals,Track Performer
Shirley Horn   Track Performer
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Morgana King   Vocals,Track Performer
Red Mitchell   Bass
Oscar Peterson   Piano,Track Performer
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Dinah Washington   Vocals,Track Performer
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
Russell Garcia   Track Performer
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Ivan Davis   Piano,Track Performer
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Track Performer
Cleveland Orchestra   Track Performer
Anita O'Day   Vocals,Track Performer
Audrey Hepburn   Vocals,Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Vocals,Track Performer
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Boston Pops Orchestra   Track Performer
Ray Brown   Bass
Larry Bunker   Drums
Don Rose   Performing Ensemble
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals,Track Performer
Count Basie Orchestra   Track Performer
Riccardo Chailly   Conductor
Vladimir Ashkenazy   Conductor
Ralph Votapek   Piano,Track Performer
Russell Garcia Orchestra   Track Performer
Lorin Maazel   Conductor

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Arthur Fiedler   Contributor
Fred Astaire   Contributor
Nina Simone   Contributor
Ella Fitzgerald   Contributor
Oscar Peterson   Contributor
Hal Mooney   Arranger
Cleveland Orchestra   Contributor
Audrey Hepburn   Contributor
Louis Armstrong   Contributor
Boston Pops Orchestra   Contributor
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Bill Holland   Artwork
Sarah Vaughan   Contributor
Gregory Stone   Contributor
Roland Shaw   Arranger
DuBose Heyward   Composer
James Murray   Liner Notes
Robert McBride   Arranger

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