everybodydigs#130 Miles Davis – Porgy and Bess

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everybodydigs# is a series of posts about Jazz, Funk, Soul & R’n’b albums released from the 20s to the 90s, you can read a brief description/review and listen to a small preview (when it’s possible). everybodydigs# is like when someone tells you “hey you should listen to this album!” and nothing less, enjoy!

Take George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, add Miles Davis and arranger Gil Evans, and what do you get? A classic jazz album that–despite the fact that the material has been rendered almost overly familiar due to countless interpretations–still sounds remarkably fresh four decades after its initial release. Miles’ soft yet piercing trumpet style is perfectly suited to Gershwin’s melancholy melodies, Evans’ musical direction of his 18-piece orchestra is impeccable, and their version of “Summertime” may well be the finest ever waxed. Davis and Evans teamed up for several recordings after this one (including the landmark Sketches of Spain), but Porgy & Bess still stands as one of their most successful collaborations. –Dan Epstein

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