Search - Bethlehem All Stars :: Complete Porgy & Bess

Complete Porgy & Bess
Bethlehem All Stars
Complete Porgy & Bess
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
 
  •  Track Listings (35) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (32) - Disc #2

With an unbelievable assortment of jazz musicians, this moderized and memorable jazz version of the legendary American folk opera was recorded in New York and Los Angeles in 1956. Some of the featured artists include Mel T...  more »

     
?

Larger Image

CD Details

All Artists: Bethlehem All Stars
Title: Complete Porgy & Bess
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Definitive Spain
Release Date: 5/9/2005
Album Type: Import, Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
Styles: Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 8436006492716

Synopsis

Album Description
With an unbelievable assortment of jazz musicians, this moderized and memorable jazz version of the legendary American folk opera was recorded in New York and Los Angeles in 1956. Some of the featured artists include Mel Torme, Frances Faye, Johnny Hartman, Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra plus more! Fully remastered, this 2 CD set also contains the bonus track 'California Suite' performed by Mel Torme featuring Peggy Lee and the Meltones. Definitive. 2005.
 

CD Reviews

Complete Porgy? More like complete sham!
Ronald P. Martin | 06/15/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Buyer beware. This is not "The Complete Porgy and Bess" as billed. In fact, it bears only the slightest resemblance to the opera written by George Gershwin. Poor George must have turned over in his grave when this recording was released. This great American composer even today is unjustly maligned for his alleged lack of compositional skills--and largely because of poor performances (Bernstein's performance of Rhapsody in Blue, for instance), the tamperings of sheet music publishers and editors, and endeavors like this one.

Never mind this Ellington / Torme embarrassment; "Porgy and Bess" is a great world opera. If you want to hear what Gershwin intended, listen to Simon Rattle's Glynebourne performance on EMI or Lorin Maazel's on Decca. Both are excellent. See my review of the Maazel at Amazon.

On the other hand, if you want a jazz spin on Gershwin's opera, get the Miles Davis / Gil Evans "Porgy and Bess Suite." It is wonderful in every way and, unlike the present "jazz rendition", fully respectful of Gershwin's genius.



Gershwin: Porgy and Bess"