Bill Potts

The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess - Digipack (FSRCD 663)

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The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess - Digipack

Bill Potts

Fresh Sound Records


ABS 130261




The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess - Digipack

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CD 9,91 €

Presented in DIGIPACK

New crisp and restored Stereo Sound
in 24-Bit HQ Sound to be enjoyed as never before

24-Page Illustrated Booklet with Pictures from the sessions. Includes original liner notes and Discography

Music that will endure, played with all the skill, passion and imagination that great jazz musicians can bring to bear on it. These are but two of the basic factors which make THE JAZZ SOUL OF PORGY AND BESS one of the finest jazz albums ever made. Just as crucial was a third – the superb work of arranger Bill Potts, which established him as a major figure in the field of arranging for jazz orchestra. Add to all that a score that includes the top songs written by George and Ira Gershwin for this classic musical.

The result was itself a multifaceted classic, a faithful translation to the language of big band jazz of the emotional rollercoaster of love and tragedy set to music by the Gershwins, brought to dramatic life by one of the finest groups of jazz ever assembled under one roof for a recording session.


01. Summertime (5:26)
02. A Woman Is a Sometime Thing (2:19)
03. My Man’s Gone Now (4:09)
04. It Takes a Long Pull to Get Here (2:42)
05. I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin(3:25)
06. Bess, You Is My Woman (5:16)
07. It Ain’t Necessarily So (3:13)
08. Medley (5:13)
- Minor Themes
- Prayer
- Strawberries
- Honey Man
- Crab Man
09. I Loves You, Porgy (3:12)
10. Clara, Clara (3:37)
11. There’s a Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon
for New York (3:23)
12. Oh Bess, Oh, Where’s My Bess (4:38)
13. Oh Lawd, I’m on My Way (3:21)

All compositions by George Gershwin.
Music conducted, orchestrated & arranged by Bill Potts.

Original sources:

Tracks #1-13 previously issued as a limited edition
United Artists 12" album UAL 4032.
Later reissued as WWR 3517.


Charlie Shavers, Harry Edison, Bernie Glow, Art Farmer, Markie Makowitz (tp), Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb), Frank Rehak, Earl Swope, Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Rod Levitt (b-tb), Phil Woods, Gene Quill (as), Zoot Sims, Al Cohn (ts), Sol Schlinger (bs), Bill Evans (p), Herbie Powell (g), George Duvivier (b), Charlie Persip (d).

Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City, January 13, 14 & 15, 1959.

Original recordings produced by Jack Lewis.
Executive producer: Max E. Youngstein.
Recording engineer: Roy Hall
Photos by Laurence N. Shustak

This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol.

Stereo 24-Bit Digitally Remastered