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Nice Boy From Brooklyn
Michael Dulin, George Gershwin
Nice Boy From Brooklyn
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop, Classical
 
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A 'must have' for all fans of George Gershwin OR Michael Dulin. 32 of Gershwin's own knockout arrangements of some of his greatest songs, in a performance by pianist/composer Michael Dulin that is "fresh and flawless". Ger...  more »

     
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All Artists: Michael Dulin, George Gershwin
Title: Nice Boy From Brooklyn
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Equity Digital
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 6/29/1999
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop, Classical
Styles: Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Ballets & Dances, Dances, Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 654763219829

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A 'must have' for all fans of George Gershwin OR Michael Dulin. 32 of Gershwin's own knockout arrangements of some of his greatest songs, in a performance by pianist/composer Michael Dulin that is "fresh and flawless". Gershwin's rollicking piano style comes shining through in every note, as Dulin performs some of Americas' favorite songs, by George - 'I Got Rhythm', 'Someone to Watch Over Me', 'Funny Face', 'My One and Only', and many, many more! Plus you'll get 8 songs arrangements of songs from Gershwin's radio appearances. As an extra bonus, 6 Preludes - the 3 original Preludes PLUS 3 more that were recently discovered! Over an hour of great Gershwin melodies, joyously performed by master pianist Michael Dulin. A 'Must Have' for any fan of George Gershwin OR Michael Dulin!
 

CD Reviews

From MainlyPiano.com
Kathy Parsons | Florence, OR United States | 10/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Equity Digital is rereleasing pianist Michael Dulin's two earlier classical recordings at the same time as his newest release, "Timeless: Classics for a New Age" (October 19, 2004). Originally released in 1999, "A Nice Boy From Brooklyn" is comprised of "The Gershwin Songbook," Six Preludes, and eight Improvisations that were never written down by Gershwin himself, but were transcribed from live radio broadcasts from 1926 and 1928 by Artis Wodehouse. Dulin's mastery of the piano makes all thirty-two tracks seem effortless and showcase his brilliant virtuosity as well as his amazing versatility. A world-class pianist with a long career in classical music, Dulin makes all of these pieces his own, giving them a sparkling freshness and a feeling of spontaneity. He added some of his own embellishments to the improvisations, but otherwise, remains faithful to Gershwin's original scores.

The extensive liner notes, also written by Dulin, give insight into Gershwin's personality with quotations from other artists and people who knew Gershwin, and then gives a history of many of the selections. "The Gershwin Songbook" was originally published in 1932, and is made up of eighteen variations and arrangements of songs that Gershwin used to entertain his friends in the intimacy of living room settings. Many of Gershwin's most famous and popular songs are included such as "The Man I Love," "Swanee," "Fascinating Rhythm," "Lady Be Good," "'S Wonderful," and "I Got Rhythm." The variety of styles is amazing - from bluesy ballads to full-tilt finger-flying jazz. Dulin's emotional range and tonal colorations are remarkable. The Six Preludes are quite short, and Dulin calls the firs three "his most perfect compositions." Of the six, I especially like "Blue Lullaby," a dark, slinky little piece. Some of the eight Improvisations are variations or arrangements of pieces from the songbook, so it is fascinating to see what Gershwin (and Dulin!) did to flesh them out. Again, Dulin's playing is fresh and flawless. Some of the titles in this section of the recording are "Clap Yo' Hands," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Sweet and Low Down," and "'S Wonderful/Funny Face."

If you are new to Gershwin's music, "A Nice Boy From Brooklyn" is an absolute must-have. If you know all of Gershwin's music, this is also a must-have to hear the music as it was composed and interpreted by the composer himself. So much of Gershwin's music has been performed and recorded over the years, and most of it is improvised and arranged by the various musicians who play it, so it's refreshing as well as informative to hear the "real deal" - or, at the very least, how the music began and evolved during Gershwin's life. I give "A Nice Boy From Brooklyn" my highest recommendation. Great stuff!"