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Take George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, add Miles Davis and arranger Gil Evans, and what do you get? A classic jazz album that--despite the fact that the material has been rendered almost overly familiar due to countless interpretations--still sounds remarkably fresh four decades after its initial release. Miles' soft yet piercing trumpet style is perfectly suited to Gershwin's melancholy melodies, Evans' musical direction of his 18-piece orchestra is impeccable, and their version of "Summertime" may well be the finest ever waxed. Davis and Evans teamed up for several recordings after this one (including the landmark Sketches of Spain ), but Porgy & Bess still stands as one of their most successful collaborations. --Dan Epstein
excellent, I had checked out the positive reviews beforehand and was not disappointed.Published 3 months ago by billy babbitt
Great stuff from two of the best performers of the twentieth century. Ella's great voice and range complimented by Louis gruff voice and superb trumpet playing make this a must... Read morePublished 10 months ago by robert james adams
If you like the flugelhorn played on a knife edge this is for you. Modern jazz from the early 1950s never been bettered.Published 11 months ago by Twicep
A classic from a long time ago. Could have included some other takes and versions from the session if they're available.Published on 10 July 2013 by D. Downes
Although this guy has been around for so many years I am just getting into his music and am thoroughly enjoying this disc, possibly
because this is one of my favourite... Read more
these two might have been made for each other. Miles Davis and the wonderful Gershwin, Porgy and Bess.
stunning arrangement, beautiful performance, buy it and enjoy.
Powerful , haunting , emotional , happy , sad. Porgy & Bess offers something for everyone. Well worth the money. Read morePublished on 25 April 2013 by Warren
Bought this for my husband as he is a Miles Davis fan & also likes songs from Porgy & Bess but he was extremely disappointed with the arrangements of the songs.Published on 20 April 2013 by Janb
Absolutely superb record. I prefer my jazz to be based around familiar music that is then worked on in many different ways and this is an excellent example of the genre.Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by Mrs Patricia Ellis