Miles Davis: Porgy And Bess

Miles Davis: Porgy And Bess
Porgy And Bess
1997
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In 1958, George Gershwin’s opera Porgy And Bess was very much in vogue. Several jazz
artists such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Collette, and Mundell Lowe
had already created their own versions of certain songs. Cal Lampley, George Avakian’s
successor, wanted to take advantage of the fact that a film version of the opera was in
production. Gil Evans’ adaptation of Gershwin’s score was a veritable tour de force. He
chose certain pieces and reorganized the chronology of the original work, adding
“Gone,” a completely original work whose tonal combinations placed it among his masterworks.
The fierce violence of the orchestra’s overture, the funeral lamentations of
“Gone, Gone, Gone,” and the powerful clamors of “Prayer” seized the audience and
released their grip only to overwhelm them with the astonishing romanticism of the
trumpeter who, with an actor’s intuition and a dandy’s grace, slipped into the skin of
the different characters.

Original issue: Columbia LP CS 8095
on March 9, 1959
Producer: Cal Lampley
Engineer: Frank Laico
July 22, 1958 (a)
Miles Davis (flh); Ernie Royal (tpt); Johnny Coles (tpt); Bernie Glow (tpt); Louis Mucci (tpt);
Joe Bennett (tb); Frank Rehak (tb); Jimmy Cleveland (tb); Dick Hixon (tb); Willie Ruff (frh);
Julius Watkins (frh); Gunther Schuller (frh); Bill Barber (tuba); Cannonball Adderley (as);
Romeo Penque (fl, alto fl, cl); Phil Bodner (fl, alto fl, cl); Danny Bank (alto fl, bcl);
Paul Chambers (b); Philly Joe Jones (d); Gil Evans (arr, cond)
July 29, 1958 (b)
Same personnel as July 22, except Jimmy Cobb (d) replaces Philly Joe Jones
August 4, 1958 (c)
Same personnel as July 22, except Jerome Richardson (fl, alto fl, cl) replaces Phil Bodner;
Jimmy Cobb (d) replaces Philly Joe Jones
August 18, 1958 (d)
Miles Davis (tpt, flh); Ernie Royal (tpt); Bernie Glow (tpt); Louis Mucci (tpt);
Joe Bennett (tb); Frank Rehak (tb); Jimmy Cleveland (tb); Dick Hixon (tb); Willie Ruff (frh);
Julius Watkins (frh); Gunther Schuller (frh); Bill Barber (tuba); Cannonball Adderley (as);
Romeo Penque (fl, alto fl, cl); Jerome Richardson (fl, alto fl, cl); Danny Bank (alto fl, bcl);
Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d); Gil Evans (arr, cond)
All tracks recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC

Play Track 1 Buzzard Song [c]
Play Track 2 Bess, You Is My Woman Now [b]
Play Track 3 Gone [a]
Play Track 4 Gone, Gone, Gone [a]
Play Track 5 Summertime [c]
Play Track 6 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess [c]
Play Track 7 Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) [c]
Play Track 8 Fishermen, Strawberry And Devil Crab [b]
Play Track 9 My Man's Gone Now [a]
Play Track 10 It Ain't Necessarily So [b]
Play Track 11 Here Come De Honey Man [b]
Play Track 12 I Wants To Stay Here (aka I Loves You Porgy) [d]
Play Track 13 There's A Boat That's Leaving Soon For New York [c]
Play Track 14 I Loves You, Porgy [d]
Play Track 15 Gone (Take 4) [a]

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