Gershwin: Take Two | ABC Classics ABC4810629

Gershwin: Take Two

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Label: ABC Classics

Cat No: ABC4810629

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 28th July 2014

Contents

Works

Gershwin, George

A Damsel in distress
» Nice work if you can get it
Funny Face
» My one and only
George White's Scandals of 1924
» I'll build a stairway to paradise
Girl Crazy
» Embraceable you
Impromptu in two Keys
La-La-Lucille!
» Nobody but you
Melody no.17 'Sleepless night'
Merry Andrew
Novelette in Fourths
Of thee I sing
» Who cares?
Oh, Kay!
» Clap yo' hands
» Do, Do, Do
Porgy and Bess
» Jazzbo Brown Blues (Act I)
Promenade 'Walking the dog'
Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano)
Rubato
Shall We Dance
» Let's call the whole thing off
Show Girl
» Liza
The French Doll
» Do it again
Three-Quarter Blues
Tip-Toes
» Sweet and Low-Down

Artists

Simon Tedeschi (piano)
James Morrison
Sarah McKenzie

Works

Gershwin, George

A Damsel in distress
» Nice work if you can get it
Funny Face
» My one and only
George White's Scandals of 1924
» I'll build a stairway to paradise
Girl Crazy
» Embraceable you
Impromptu in two Keys
La-La-Lucille!
» Nobody but you
Melody no.17 'Sleepless night'
Merry Andrew
Novelette in Fourths
Of thee I sing
» Who cares?
Oh, Kay!
» Clap yo' hands
» Do, Do, Do
Porgy and Bess
» Jazzbo Brown Blues (Act I)
Promenade 'Walking the dog'
Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano)
Rubato
Shall We Dance
» Let's call the whole thing off
Show Girl
» Liza
The French Doll
» Do it again
Three-Quarter Blues
Tip-Toes
» Sweet and Low-Down

Artists

Simon Tedeschi (piano)
James Morrison
Sarah McKenzie

About

'Gershwin: Take Two' includes guest appearances from Australian jazz legend James Morrison and one of the rising stars of the international music stage, ARIA Award-winning jazz singer Sarah McKenzie.
 
Simon Tedeschi captures the Gershwin repertoire perfectly, with passionate, vivacious performances that are bursting with life and romance. Harmonica legend Larry Adler (who performed with Gershwin himself) said of him: ‘I just wish Gershwin were here – [Simon is] the best exponent of his music I have ever seen.’

The album features classic Gershwin compositions such as Embraceable You, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, as well as a beautiful solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue, alongside some less familiar but certain-to-become-favourite numbers revealing Gershwin’s extraordinary versatility and creativity, and his unfailing ability to delight.

Says Simon: ‘I wanted this album to be different. I wanted some of my favourite musicians to join me and I also felt that Gershwin had so much else to say in his illustrious career, more than the tunes we all know and love. You may not have heard of some of the pieces you will see on this track listing. They reflect the chameleon that is Gershwin – a synthesis of old country and new, as much Anton Rubinstein as Tin Pan Alley. With James Morrison, we achieved a brass band sound from the Deep South that ached of nostalgia. With a solo piano take on Rhapsody in Blue, I allowed myself to explore Gershwin the master of musical textures. Working with a singer such as Sarah McKenzie is a lesson for any pianist in breathing and space. But most of all, producer Virginia Read and I just had fun! And we hope you will too.’

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