Porgy and Bess

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Year1958 [1987]
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Miles Davis - George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess [CBS 450985 2] {Netherlands 1987, 1958}
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Miles Davis - George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (1958, 1987 CD reissue, CBS # 450985 2)
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Label/Cat#: CBS "Jazz Masterpieces" # 450985 2 | Country/Year: Netherlands 1987, 1958
Genre: Jazz | Style: Hard Bop, Contemporary Jazz, Modal

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Miles Davis - George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

Label: CBS
Catalog#: 450985 2
Series: CBS Jazz Masterpieces
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: Netherlands
Released: 1987
Genre: Jazz
Style: Hard Bop, Contemporary Jazz, Modal


1 The Buzzard Song 4:06
2 Bess, You Is My Woman Now 5:10
3 Gone 3:57
4 Gone, Gone, Gone 2:02
5 Summertime 3:17
6 Bess, Oh Where's My Bess 4:27
7 Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) 4:38
8 Fishermen, Strawberry And Devil Crab 4:05
9 My Man's Gone Now 6:13
10 It Ain't Necessarily So 4:23
11 Here Come De Honey Man 1:13
12 I Loves You, Porgy 4:05
13 There's A Boat That's Leaving Soon For New York 3:24


Arranged By [Orchestra], Directed By [Under The Direction Of] – Gil Evans
Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – "Philly" Joe Jones (tracks: 1, 3 to 7, 9, 12, 13), Jimmy Cobb (tracks: 2, 8, 10, 11)
Engineer – Ray Moore
Flugelhorn – Miles Davis
Flute – Jerome Richardson (tracks: 1, 6, 7), Phil Bodner (tracks: 2 to 5, 8 to 13), Romeo Penque
French Horn – Gunther Schuller, Julius Watkins, Willie Ruff
Liner Notes – Charles Edward Smith
Producer – Cal Lampley, Teo Macero
Saxophone – Cannonball Adderley, Daniel B. Banks
Technician [Digital Master Prepared By] – Teo Macero
Trombone – Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, Joseph Bennett, Richard Hixon
Trumpet – Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Johnny Coles, Louis R. Mucci, Miles Davis
Tuba – Bill Barber


Reissue, 1987.
Originally released in 1958.
Miles Davis - George Gershwin's Porgy And Bess.
Miles Davis with Orchestra under the direction of Gil Evans.

Recorded 7/22/58, 7/29/58, 8/4/58, 8/18/58 at the Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City.
Liner notes taken from the original analog release.

Review by Lindsay Planer

Tomes are available annotating the importance of this recording. The musical and social impact of Miles Davis, his collaborative efforts with Gil Evans, and in particular their reinvention of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess are indeed profound. However, the most efficient method of extricating the rhetoric and opining is to experience the recording. Few other musical teams would have had the ability to remain true to the undiluted spirit and multifaceted nuance of this epic work. However, no other musical teams were Miles Davis and Gil Evans. It was Evans' intimate knowledge of the composition as well as the performer that allowed him to so definitively capture the essence of both. The four dates needed to complete work on Porgy and Bess include contributions from several members of his most recent musical aggregate: Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (alto sax), Paul Chambers (bass), and Jimmy Cobb (drums). Although the focus and emphasis is squarely on Davis throughout, the contributions of the quartet on "Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)," "I Loves You, Porgy," and "There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York" are immeasurable. They provide a delicate balance in style and, under the direction of Evans, incorporate much of the same energy and intonation here as they did to their post-bop recordings. There is infinitely more happening on Porgy and Bess, however, with much of the evidence existing in the subtle significance of the hauntingly lyrical passages from Danny Banks' (alto flute) solos, which commence on "Fishermen, Strawberry and Devil Crab." Or the emotive bass and tuba duet that runs throughout "Buzzard Song." The impeccable digital remastering and subsequent reissue – which likewise applies to the Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings box set – only magnifies the refulgence of Porgy and Bess. Likewise, two previously unissued performances have been appended to the original baker's dozen. No observation or collection of American jazz can be deemed complete without this recording. ~allmusicguide