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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' focus on traditional styles and his willingness to speak sometimes disdainfully of music of more contemporary vintage has not been well accepted in some circles, and for a time he began to engender the type of attacks more often reserved for Wynton Marsalis and others regarded as reactionaries by some members of the jazz press. But Roberts must be credited with going his own way; unlike many of today's jazz pianists, he has little if any ties to McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jamal,...
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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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