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'S Marvelous: The Gershwin Songbook
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'S Marvelous: The Gershwin Songbook
Genres: Blues, Folk, International Music, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists, Latin Music


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Essential for the Gershwin-minded jazz listener
The Delite Rancher | Phoenix, Arizona | 06/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Since the music of George and Ira Gershwin has been recycled so many times, what makes this collection so valuable? This question can be answered with two words: quality control. The vintage musical choices are stellar. Many of the versions are sublime. The performers are first rate featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Shirley Horn and so the list of luminaries goes on. In terms of genres, the music could be described as straight jazz, not excluding a jigger of croonerism and big band. This compilation will resonate with jazz purists who find the original stage versions a tad corny. Holiday's 'Nice Work If You Can Get It' and Armstrong & Fitzgerald's 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' may be the definitive versions of these standards. Those who believe that Sinatra performed the conclusive version of 'A Foggy Day' should listen to Dinah Washington's rendition. Featuring each track's personnel and any significant background information, the liner notes are detailed. "'S Marvelous" is part of "The Complete Gershwin Songbooks" box set. While both vocal discs are deeply satisfying, "'S Wonderful" is the stronger of the two. Including the instrumental CD ("'S Paradise"), all three discs are very worthwhile. "'S Marvelous" is essential for any listener who appreciates both jazz and the music of Gershwin."
It is Marvelous
James W. Durney | Tampa Bay area | 12/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great CD of American music by American masters. Billie Holiday, Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington & Sarah Vaughn singing Gershwin. This is over an hour of classic American music by the people that made these song classics. Louie & Ella do They Can't take that away from me, complements Fred Astaire doing Oh, Lady Be Good. Billie sings Nice Work If You Can Get It shortly followed by Blossom Deaire singing Love Is Here to Stay.

If you like Gershwin this is a great addition to your collection! Save time, order 'S Wonderful at the same time. They are a great set and a wonderful marvelous listening experience."