Porgy and Bess
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Porgy and Bess was Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ second conceptual album (they had worked together back in the late 1940s on the celebrated “Birth of the Cool” nonet sessions and would record their first conceptual LP Miles Ahead in 1957). A truly beautiful work, this wasn’t the only jazz version of the celebrated Gershwin folk-opera Porgy and Bess recorded during the period. Along with the Davis-Evans collaboration, the most famous versions included the 1957 LP produced by Norman Granz pairing Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald in a brilliant vocal selection of tunes from the play, and the instrumental LPs by the Oscar Peterson Trio (1959) and the Modern Jazz Quartet (1964). Individual tunes from Porgy and Bess were continually recorded by jazz musicians since its first opening and continue to be recorded to this day.
New York, July-August, 1958.