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Porgy and Bess [180g 2LP] by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Porgy and Bess [180g 2LP] by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong at Eastwind Import
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Artist/Band:Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Name:Porgy and Bess [180g 2LP]
Cat No.:SC-MGVS-60402
Performed by:Ella Fitzgerald (vocal)
Louis Armstrong (trumpet,vocal)
Russell Garcia (arranger,conductor)
Description:High quality 180g double LP from Speakers Corner!
Mastered from the original master tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound!
Pressed at Pallas in Germany!


The dream of creating an American opera such as Scott Joplin's Treemonisha, written in 1911, inspired George Gershwin a good twenty years later to amazing compositional feats. While Gershwin had brought his musical and musical comedies with great eclat to Broadway, he wanted his through-composed stage work Porgy And Bess to be regarded as a legitimate opera.

No matter whether one regards this exceptional work as "American folk opera" (The New York Times) or as a veristic portrayal of African-American life, central to the work is the expressionistic orchestral music that includes (work) songs, spirituals and elements of jazz, and the cast of singers, which, at the insistence of Gershwin, featured African-American singers.

This stipulation will certainly have suited Verve boss Norman Granz who engaged not only a fresh and lively big band but also a classical string orchestra to support his successful duo of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Thanks to this superb line-up, the catchy song "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" rolls along sleekly with swing and drive, while "Summertime" and "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" wafts away to the sound of heavenly violins. Listening to this music, you couldn't care less about the genre or category, just as long as these two genial musicians perform wonderfully arranged material from the American Song Book. The incomparable nasal twang of Armstrong's solo trumpet seeks out unerringly jazz elements where you would least expect them.

Lovingly and respectfully reissued by Speakers Corner with faithful reproduction of the textured, full-sized, stapled-in booklet. A must have for fans of Ella and Louis!

Recorded August 18-19 and October 14, 1957. Originally released by Verve. This vinyl reissue released by Speakers Corner in 2014. Stereo.

Album Tracks:
1. Overture
2. Summertime
3. I Wants to Stay Here
4. My Man's Gone Now
5. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
6. Buzzard Song
7. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
8. It Ain't Necessarily So
9. What You Want Wid Bess?
10. A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
11. Oh, Doctor Jesus
12. Medley: Here Come de Honey Man / Crab Man / Oh, Dey's So Fresh and Fine
13. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
14. Bess, Oh Where Is My Bess?
15. Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way
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