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George Gershwin8217s 8220The ultimate collection8221

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 so...

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