George Gershwin/The Essential George Gershwin (1925-2002)

A composer who had worked in both classical and pop music fields in the early 20th century and created 'American music' with jazz and blues idioms. Since the 1920s, he wrote many pop songs (later became pop/jazz standards) for revues and musicals with his elder brother Ira Gershwin as his lyricist, and on the other hand he also composed classical pieces. A 2-CD, 41-track compilation which mainly consists of his major pieces in popular music. "I Got Rhythm" (Ethel Waters) and "But Not for Me" (Doris Day) from the musical "Girl Crazy", "Summertime" (Billie Holiday), "It Ain't Necessarily So" (Aretha Franklin), "I Loves You, Porgy" (Miles Davis) and "My Man's Gone Now" (Sarah Vaughan) from the opera "Porgy and Bess", "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (Fred Astaire) and "Promenade (Walking the Dog)" (Los Angeles Philharmonic) from the film "Shall We Dance", "Swanee" (Al Jolson), "Someone to Watch over Me" (Frank Sinatra) from the musical "Oh, Kay!", "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" (Georges Guetary) from the musical "George White's Scandals of 1922", "I've Got a Crush on You" (Ella Fitzgerald) from the musical "Treasure Girl", and others. Also features some classical pieces such as "Prelude No.2 for Piano" and "Rhapsody in Blue".

The Essential George Gershwin

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