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Gershwin for Lovers

Marcus Roberts

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Album Review

This trio date (which features pianist Marcus Roberts, bassist Reginald Veal and drummer Herlin Riley) is a bit unusual in that Roberts, although he is heard interpreting vintage George Gershwin songs, gives the tunes fairly modern interpretations. There is no striding or James P. Johnson licks. Instead, the talented pianist transforms such songs as "A Foggy Day," "Our Love Is Here to Stay," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "But Not for Me" into modern hard bop. A typically excellent effort.

Customer Reviews

Bravo!

I've always felt that Mr. Roberts is Genius and Gershwin would love this album, especially "A Foggy Day". Thanks to modern technology one can fall asleep or put "A Foggy Day" on an endless loop.

Exceptional

This album is a great jazz inerpretation of Gershwin's greatest love songs.

Biography

Born: August 7, 1963 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts is a technically gifted pianist who focuses on older, pre-1950 traditional styles with little if any ties to such modern touchstones as McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jamal, and Bill Evans. He has some Thelonious Monk influence, especially in his phrasing, but Roberts' models have predominantly been Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller. While his earliest...
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Gershwin for Lovers, Marcus Roberts
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Sep 20, 1994

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