HOME | ARTISTS AND BANDS | CDS BY TITLE | TOP TEN CDS | TOP TEN IN 2011 | LATEST CDS | ARTIST NEWS | JAZZ GIGS | FEATURED ARTIST | CUSTOMER INFORMATION | CONTACT | ABOUT US

A Kind of Porgy and Bess

Artist: Paolo Fresu

Date of Release: 01/01/2002

Catalogue no: RCA 74321 951952

Label: BMG/RCA

Price: £14

Add to Shopping Basket

 

Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

The Buzzard Song

2

 

Fishermen, Strawberry & Devil Crab

3

 

Gone, Gone, Gone

4

 

My Man’s Gone Now

5

 

Loves You, Porgy

6

 

What You Want Wid Bess?

7

 

Bess, You Is My Woman Now

8

 

Summertime

9

 

Oh, Doctor Jesus – Oh De Lawd Shake De Heavens

10

 

Clara, Clara, Don’t You Be Downhearted

11

 

Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?

12

 

Lo, Bess Goin’ To The Picnic?

13

 

I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’

 

 

 

 

Ever since hearing the Miles Davis and Gil Evans 1958 recording of George and Ira Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess,’ the internationally known trumpeter Paolo Fresu planned someday to arrange his own interpretation of that historic work. This he did last year with ‘Kind of Porgy and Bess’ and his influences were not confined just to Miles’ work. In his notes he also mentions listening to pieces of the same opera performed by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Whereas Evans used a nineteen-piece orchestra here we have only a sextet and to complete his version Fresu has also included parts of the original that are completely new to the jazz repertoire.

It is a bold venture and takes considerable experience to make something new and appealing out of the twentieth century classic opera and that is why very few have attempted it. Most tracks are successful and two that appealed were The Buzzard Song and the very plaintive I Loves You, Porgy.

Paolo Fresu – Trumpet, Nguyê Lê – Guitars. Antonello Salis – Fender Rhodes, Acoustic Piano, Fisarmonica, Furio Di Castri – Acoustic & Electric bass, Roberto Gatto – Drums, Dhafer Youssef – Voice & Oud

 

Reviews

 

01/01/2002 Jack Ashby

This is contemporary music, well performed, by talented musicians. It will no doubt attract considerable interest. Overall, Paolo Fresu has in his interpretation given credit to the original work. The influence Miles Davis has had on his career is very evident but at the same time refreshing to listen to. This is the first time I have heard these musicians and I thoroughly enjoyed their work.

 

register | login

 

Shopping Basket

basket: 0 items (click to modify)

Total : £0.00

FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE

Once you have chosen your CD you can either buy online using a credit/debit card or pay by cheque if you prefer.
All cards are processed on a secure server with Thawte authentication
We accept Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard, Switch, Solo, JCB

In a hurry? Hate filling in forms? Worried about the internet? Need help? Call us on 020 7724 2389

 

 

 

 

 

Church Hill FarmBEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY RENTAL IN THE WYE VALLEY
www.churchillfarm.co.uk