Porgy and Bess
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||Act I: Introduction - Jasbo Brown Blues||Joe Henderson||0:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act I: Summertime||Joe Henderson & Chaka Khan||7:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act I: Here Come de Honeyman / They Pass By Singin'||Joe Henderson||2:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act I: My Man's Gone Now||Joe Henderson||7:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act II: I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'||Joe Henderson||6:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act II: Bess, You Is My Woman Now||Joe Henderson||5:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act II: It Ain't Necessarily So||Joe Henderson||6:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act II: I Loves You Porgy||Joe Henderson||4:20||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Act III: There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York||Joe Henderson||6:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Act III: Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?||Joe Henderson||6:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
In general, Joe Henderson's take on Porgy and Bess meets the high standards of his latter-day records for Verve. Working with arranger Bob Belden and a wonderful combo — including guitarist John Scofield, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette, trombonist Conrad Herwig and vibraphonist Stefon Harris — Henderson brings Gershwin's music to life with subtle beauty and grace. Furthermore, he demonstrates his uniqueness — Henderson's Porgy and Bess may share the same source as Miles Davis' legendary Porgy and Bess, yet it has an original sound, relying less on orchestration than that classic. While this disc is not flawless — instead of enhancing the music, guest spots from vocalists Chaka Khan and Sting actually stop the momentum, calling attention to themselves — it nevertheless is another valuable addition to Henderson's catalog.
Born: April 24, 1937 in Lima, OH
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s