Miles Davis’ ‘Porgy and Bess’

Miles Davis’ ‘Porgy and Bess’ is a studio album (featuring arrangements by Davis and Gil Evans from the George Gershwin’s opera) recorded on July 22 and August 18, 1958 and released on March 1959 by Columbia Records.

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Track listing : . 1.The Buzzard Song G. Gershwin 4:07 . 2.Bess, You Is My Woman Now (George Gershwin) – 05:10 . 3.Gone Gil Evans 3:37 . 4.Gone, Gone, Gone (George Gershwin) – 02:03 . 5.Summertime (George Gershwin) – 03:17 . 6.Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess? (George Gershwin) – 04:18 . 7.Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) (George Gershwin) – 04:39 . 8.Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab (George Gershwin) – 04:06 . 9.My Man’s Gone Now (George Gershwin) – 06:14 . 10.It Ain’t Necessarily So (George Gershwin) – 04:23 . 11.Here Come De Honey Man (George Gershwin) – 01:18 . 12.I Wants to Stay Here (a.k.a. I Loves You, Porgy) (George Gershwin) – 03:39 . 13.There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York (George Gershwin) – 03:23 .

Musicians : . Miles Davis – trumpet, flugelhorn . Ernie Royal – trumpet . Bernie Glow – trumpet . Johnny Coles – trumpet . Louis Mucci – trumpet . Dick Hixon – trombone . Frank Rehak – trombone . Jimmy Cleveland – trombone . Joe Bennett – trombone . Willie Ruff – horn . Julius Watkins – horn . Gunther Schuller – horn . Bill Barber – tuba . Phil Bodner – flute, alto flute & clarinet . Jerome Richardson – flute, alto flute & clarinet . Romeo Penque – flute, alto flute & clarinet . Cannonball Adderley – alto saxophone . Danny Bank – alto flute, bass flute & bass clarinet . Paul Chambers – bass . Jimmy Cobb – drums on (1 – 2 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 10 – 11 – 12 – 13 – 14) . Philly Joe Jones – drums on (3 – 4 – 9 – 15) . Gil Evans – arranger & conductor .

Production . Produced by Teo Macero, Cal Lampley . Frank Laico – recording engineer . Tom “Curly” Ruff – Engineer .

Packaging : . Cozbi Sanchez-Cabrera – Art Direction . Roy de Carava – Photography . Don Hunstein – Photography . Bill Kirchner – Liner Notes . Charles Edward Smith – Liner Notes . Teresa Alfieri – Design .

Recorded on July 22 and August 18, 1958 at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York City .

Released on March 1959 by Columbia Records.

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LondonJazzCollector
The work consists of separate songs but they frequently flow into one another without pause. The mood evoked has a melancholy heart and minor keys predominate. …Miles trumpet coolly paints abstract brush strokes all over Evan’s canvas, as though a work of art. […]

allmusic
Tomes are available annotating the importance of this recording. The musical and social impact of Miles Davis, his collaborative efforts with Gil Evansand in particular their reinvention of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess are indeed profound. […]

All About Jazz
In jazz, only a handful of albums never lose their lustre. Each listening is a magical experience, no matter how familiar the material has become. The second collaboration between Miles Davis and Gil Evans, Porgy and Bess, is one such distinctive recording. […]

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