Oscar Peterson – Plays Porgy And Bess (1959/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:58 minutes | 1,77 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | @ Verve Music
On this 1959 release, one of several albums Oscar Peterson recorded in the 1950s dedicated to specific composers, the pianist performs music from Gershwin’s opera Porgy And Bess in a trio configuration, backed by Ray Brown on double bass and drummer Ed Thigpen.
Oscar Peterson and his trio (with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen) explore ten of the stronger themes from George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess on this reissue. It is true that Peterson’s version of “Summertime” will not make one forget the classic rendition by Miles Davis with Gil Evans but, as is true with all of these performances, Peterson makes the melodies sound like his own. “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin”‘ are among the more memorable selections.
01 – I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’
02 – I Wants To Stay Here
03 – Summertime
04 – Oh Dey’s So Fresh And Fine (Strawberry Woman)
05 – Oh, Lawd, I’m On My Way
06 – It Ain’t Necessarily So
07 – There’s A Boat Dat’s Leaving Soon For New York
08 – Oh Bess, Where’s My Bess?
09 – Here Come De Honey Man
10 – Bess You Is My Woman Now
Mastering Engineer: Kevin Reeves @ 4th Floor Studios.
Oscar Peterson – piano
Ray Brown – double bass
Ed Thigpen – drums