Joe Henderson Porgy & Bess
JazzTimes: "Credit where it's due, and lots of it to share here....how suite it is!"
- Released: June 5, 2007
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Verve
Down Beat - 11/97, p.463.5 stars (out of 5) - "...the material comes from a time long enough ago that it requires something of the soul and sound of a romantic to express....the ensemble arrangements are well-crafted....fine solos from all..."
JazzTimes - 12/97, p.146"Credit where it's due, and lots of it to share here....how suite it is!"
Record Collector (magazine) - p.903 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a rendering of the immortal 'Summertime,' featuring soul singer Chaka Khan..."
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Introduction: Jasbo Brown Blues
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Summertime
- $0.99 on iTunes3.Here Come De Honeyman / They Pass By Singin'
- $0.99 on iTunes4.My Man's Gone Now
- $0.99 on iTunes5.I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Bess, You is My Woman Now
- $0.99 on iTunes7.It Ain't Necessarily So
- $1.29 on iTunes8.I Loves You Porgy
- $0.99 on iTunes9.There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess!
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Personnel: Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Sting, Chaka Khan (vocals); Conrad Herwig (trombone); Stefon Harris (vibraphone); Tommy Flanagan (piano); John Scofield (acoustic & electric guitars); Dave Holland (bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums).
Principally recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York from May 25-28, 1997.
"Summertime" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); John Scofield (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Conrad Herwig (trombone); Tommy Flanagan (piano); Jack DeJohnette (drums).
Audio Mixer: Jim Anderson .
Photographers: Merri Cyr; Jimmy Katz.
Arranger: Joe Henderson.
The music of Porgy and Bess has been "Joe Hendersonized," with beautiful results. Gershwin's sultry and sad music makes a wonderful vehicle for improvisation inside Henderson's arrangements. Along with Henderson's decidedly modern harmonic approach, Stefon Harris' coloristic vibes work, John Scofield's twisted blues guitar and Jack DeJohnette's abstract-but-swinging drumming remind us that this is a nineties telling of the tale. "My Man's Gone Now" is arranged in classic 1960's Henderson style, for a unique upbeat blowing version. Vocal appearances by Chaka Khan and Sting round out this modern interpretation of a Twentieth Century classic.
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