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Artist: Miles Davis
Album: Porgy And Bess
Released: Europe, 4 Feb 2013


A1The Buzzard Song
A2Bess, You Is My Woman Now
A4Gone, Gone, Gone
A6Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
B1Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)
B2Fisherman, Strawberry And Devil Crab
B3My Man's Gone Now
B4It Ain't Necessarily So
B5Here Come De Honey Man
B6I Loves You, Porgy
B7There's A Boat That's Leaving Soon For New York

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"Porgy and Bess" is a studio album by jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, released in 1959. "Porgy And Bess" serves as a reinterpretation of the George Gershwin opera of the same name, with Miles Davis and his ensemble infusing their own jazz interpretations into the timeless compositions. With its lush arrangements, inventive improvisations, and captivating performances, "Porgy and Bess" stands as a landmark album in both the realms of jazz and the American songbook.

"Porgy And Bess" opens with the atmospheric and haunting rendition of "The Buzzard Song," immediately setting the tone for "Porgy And Bess"'s rich and evocative sound. Miles Davis' muted trumpet playing adds a sense of melancholy and introspection to the melody, while the ensemble's delicate accompaniment enhances the beauty of the composition.

One of the standout tracks on "Porgy and Bess" is the classic "Summertime." Miles Davis' trumpet glides effortlessly over the languid and serene backdrop, capturing the essence of the iconic melody. The band's delicate and nuanced playing creates an intimate atmosphere, allowing the listener to fully immerse themselves in the timeless beauty of the song.

"Porgy and Bess" also features tracks like "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Loves You, Porgy," which showcase the ensemble's ability to inject their own improvisational style into the familiar melodies. The interplay between the musicians is superb, with each member contributing to the overall tapestry of sound, while still leaving room for individual expression.

Throughout "Porgy And Bess", Miles Davis' trumpet playing is a standout element, characterized by his exquisite tone, melodic sensibility, and masterful control. His ability to convey emotion through his instrument is evident on every track, making each performance a captivating listening experience.

In terms of production, "Porgy and Bess" maintains a warm and rich sound, capturing the nuances of each instrument and allowing the ensemble to shine. The mix strikes a perfect balance between the various elements, ensuring that every detail is heard and appreciated.

In conclusion, "Porgy and Bess" is a brilliant jazz reinterpretation of a beloved opera, showcasing Miles Davis' artistry and his ability to infuse new life into familiar compositions. With its lush arrangements, inventive improvisations, and captivating performances, "Porgy And Bess" stands as a testament to Davis' creativity and his contribution to the jazz genre. Whether you're a fan of jazz or appreciate the timeless melodies of Gershwin, "Porgy and Bess" is a must-listen that exemplifies the genius of Miles Davis and his enduring influence in the world of music.

Fun Facts About Miles Davis - Porgy And Bess Vinyl Record:

  • How old was Miles Davis when he recorded Porgy And Bess ? Miles Davis was 33 years old when he recorded "Porgy And Bess" in 1958.
  • How many copies of Porgy And Bess sold? "Porgy And Bess"'s sales figures may vary, but it achieved commercial success and critical acclaim.
  • Why was Porgy And Bess important? This record was important as it reimagined George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess" through the lens of jazz. Miles Davis and arranger Gil Evans brought their unique musical vision to the project, creating a groundbreaking fusion of jazz and classical music.
  • What were the most popular songs off Porgy And Bess ? Some of the notable songs on this record include "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "I Loves You, Porgy."
  • Other interesting facts about this vinyl record: Miles Davis and Gil Evans' collaboration on "Porgy and Bess" marked a significant milestone in their creative partnership, and "Porgy And Bess" solidified Davis' reputation as an innovator in the jazz genre.

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