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George Gershwin’s “The ultimate collection”


George Gershwin’s “The ultimate collection”, is a compilation of
Gershwin’s greatest hits. The compilation is made out of two CD’s; the first
cd is Gershwins pieces sung by different jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis
Armstrong, Bing Crosby and more… The second cd, is Gerswhin’s famous pieces
taken from musical shows such as Porgy and Bess, Rhapsody in Blue, Cuban overture, Funny
face and more.

First Cd:

The cd starts with the song “Strike up the Band “ performed by Oscar Peterson.
The piece consists of a piano, cello. This song in my opinion sets the mood of the cd. It
represents pure jazz music without the vocals. When i close my eyes and listen to this
song I picture a club from the 1940’s with jazz music and people dancing around.
The second song, “Summertime”, a very famous jazz piece performed by Ella
Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, starts with a horn and an orchestra in the back. The
lyrics of the song talks about a slaved woman, looking over her workers child.
“Summertime” is sort of a lullaby song. Louis Armstrong’s performance in
this song is very well done; I really enjoyed his vocals. I also noticed the use of
violins in this piece. The song ends with a duet with both of the singers together.

“The man I love” sung by Sarah Vaughan, and “Someone to watch over
me” sung by Blossom Dearie, are both typical love songs. I enjoyed the second one
more then the first love song, because it is more soulful, only with a piano in the
background and great vocal performance by Blossom Dearie.

The mood changes in the next few songs. “They can’t take that away from
me” sung by Billie Holiday, a very famous piece of work composed by Gershwin. A very
upbeat song i might add, typical jazz song, with the use of a trumpet, drums and
more… “Funny Face” sung by Fred Astaire, taken from the musical
“Funny Face” this to me sounds more like a song taken out of a New York city
Broadway show. Very mellow song, very enjoyable.

“ S’ wonderful” performed by Joe William & Count Basie, one of my
favorite songs composed by Gerswhin. Use of typical instruments for jazz songs (drums,
pianos, trumpets…). This song has a very party mood; it is a very upbeat song. The
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