Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong : Porgy & Bess

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong : Porgy & Bess


Ella Fitzgerald (vocals), Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet), Russell Garcia and his orchestra

Verve 6040-2

Speakers Corner Records : 2 LPs 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A1 - Overture
A2 - Summertime
A3 - I Wants to Stay Here
A4 - My Man's Gone Now
A5 - I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
A6 - Buzzard Song
A7 - Bess, You Is My Woman Now
B1 - It Ain't Necessarily So
B2 - What You Want Wid Bess?
B3 - A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
B4 - Oh, Doctor Jesus
B5 - Medley : Here Come de Honey Man - Crab Man - Oh, Dey's So Fresh and Fine
B6 - There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
B7 - Bess, Oh Where Is My Bess?
B8 - Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way

Recorded in August 1957 in Los Angeles and October 1957 in Chicago

The dream of creating an American opera such as Scott Joplin’s "Treemonisha", written in 1911, inspired George Gershwin a good twenty years later to amazing compositional feats. While Gershwin had brought his musical and musical comedies with great éclat to Broadway, he wanted his through-composed stage work "Porgy And Bess" to be regarded as a legitimate opera.
No matter whether one regards this exceptional work as "American folk opera" (The New York Times) or as a veristic portrayal of African-American life, central to the work is the expressionistic orchestral music that includes (work) songs, spirituals and elements of jazz, and the cast of singers, which, at the insistence of Gershwin, featured African-American singers.

This stipulation will certainly have suited Verve boss Norman Granz who engaged not only a fresh and lively big band but also a classical string orchestra to support his successful duo of Ella and Louis. Thanks to this superb line-up, the catchy song "I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’" rolls along sleekly with swing and drive, while "Summertime" and "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" wafts away to the sound of heavenly violins. Listening to this music, you couldn’t care less about the genre or category, just as long as these two genial musicians perform wonderfully arranged material from the American Song Book. The incomparable nasal twang of Armstrong’s solo trumpet seeks out unerringly jazz elements where you would least expect them.

In 2001, Porgy and Bess by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong was awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award, a special achievement prize established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance."

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com