Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald begin the recording of ‘Porgy and Bess’ for Verve (1957)

‘Porgy and Bess’ by Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald is a studio album recorded on August 18-19 & October 14, 1957 and released the same year by Verve.

Track Listing : 1.Overture (George Gershwin) – 10:52 . 2.Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 04:58 . 3.I Wants To Stay Here (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 04:38 . 4.My Man’S Gone Now (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 04:02 . 5.I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 03:52 . 6.Buzzard Song (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 02:58 . 7.Bess, You Is My Woman Now (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 05:28 . 8.It Ain’T Necessarily So (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 06:34 . 9.What You Want Wid Bess? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 01:59 . 10.A Woman Is A Sometime Thing (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 04:47 . 11.Oh, Doctor Jesus (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 02:00 . 12.Medley: Here Come De Honey Man/Crab Man/Oh, Dey’S So Fresh And Fine/(Strawberry Woman) (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 03:29 . 13.There’S A Boat Dat’S Leavin Soon For New York (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 04:54 . 14.Bess, Oh Where’S My Bess? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 02:36 . 15.Oh Lawd, I’M On My Way! (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 02:57


Herman Leonard

Musicians : Louis Armstrong – Vocals, Trumpet . Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals . Paul Smith – Piano . Alvin Stoller – Drums . Russell Garcia – Conductor . Vincent Derosa – French Horn . Frank Beach – Trumpet . Buddy Childers – Trombone . Tony Rizzi – Guitar . Joe Mondragon – Double Bass . Cappy Lewis – Violin . Milt Bernhart – Violin . Marshall Cram – Violin . James Henderson – Violin . Lloyd Ulyate – Violin . Victor Arno – Violin . Robert Barene – Violin . Jacques Gasselin – Violin . Joseph Livoti – Violin . Dan Lube – Violin . Amerigo Marino – Violin – Violin . Bill Miller – Violin . Erno Neufeld – Violin . Marshall Sosson – Violin . Robert Sushel – Violin . Gerald Vinci – Violin . Tibor Zelig – Violin . Myron Bacon – Viola . Abraham Hochstein – Viola . Raymond Menhennick – Viola . Myron Sandler – Viola . Justin Di Tullio – Cello . Kurt Reher – Cello . William Van Den Burg – Cello


Phil Stern

Production : Produced By Norman Granz

Package : Tommy Amer – Photography . Olivier Ducroq – Design . Norman Granz – Liner Notes . Hollis King – Art Direction . Dave Heffernan – Illustrations . Herman Leonard asterisques RVM – Photography . Sheldon Marks – Art Direction . David Stone Martin – Illustrations . Phil Stern asterisques RVM – Photography . Lawrence Stewart – Liner Notes . Lawrence D. Stewart – Liner Notes

Recorded On August 18-19 & October 14, 1957.

Released In 1957 By Verve.

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London Jazz News
Russ Garcia ended his days in a small town in New Zealand where people would give him odd looks when he mentioned that Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong were friends of his. He didn’t mind. He was too busy making music. […]

onethink @ RateYourMusic
He blows his horn on a number of the numbers: it’s not his most memorable playing, but, on the other hand, listen to his introduction to Summertime: when I first heard it I thought it was a voice: it’s direct and simple and beautiful. For all the album’s pomposity there are wonderful things here […]

jazz.com
After a subtle key change, Louis takes a solo vocal chorus. When Ella returns, she spins a beautifully conceived variation on the melody while Louis supports her with some of the tenderest scatting he ever recorded. […]

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