Porgy and Bess… “summertime” versión recomendada!

7 de marzo de 2015 § Deja un comentario

Porgy and Bess narra la historia de Porgy, un inválido afroamericano que habita los suburbios de Charleston, Carolina de Sur, y sus intentos por rescatar a Bess de las garras de Crown, su proxeneta y de Sportin’ Life, un vendedor de drogas.

Comienza una de mis máximas inquietudes investigadoras… descubrir, seleccionar y recomendar standards y versiones en la música de jazz q encontramos con frecuencia en trabajos de la gran mayoría de músicos. Un songtrip por las composiciones populares de Rodgers & Hart, Gershwin, Berlin, Porter o la más pura esencia jazzística de Coltrane, Mingus, Evans o Shorter.

El primer tema elegido, uno mis favoritos para el tarareo y el destacado es “summertime” versión de Miles Davis. LISTEN!

“Summertime” is the centerpiece of Porgy & Bess, one of the greatest and best-known works of George Gershwin. Porgy & Bess was filled with timeless music, but “Summertime” earned a life outside of the musical, becoming one of the most-recorded songs of the 20th century. Hundreds of different versions of the song have been recorded, and since the ballad’s melody is so sweet and strong, it sounds good even in pedestrian arrangements. What’s remarkable about the song is that it always sounds fresh, whether it’s delivered as a straight show tune or as ersatz R&B, as on Billy Stewart’s stuttering surprise Top Ten hit from 1966. Stewart’s rendition is perhaps the most extreme reworking of the ballad, and the most controversial, since it strays a bit from the basic song. Still, “Summertime” is such a well-constructed song that even when an artist takes liberties with the song, it retains its basic character. Perhaps a better example of this is Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ elegant reading from 1958, which emphasized both the song’s dual origins as folk song and symphony, all within a distinctly jazz setting. Indeed, “Summertime” is a favorite of jazz musicians, whether it’s a vocalist like Ella Fitzgerald or a Clarinet player like Sidney Bechet, because its melody is so indelible and its chords so complex, it lends itself to an endless amount of interpretations. Some of those are certainly lesser than others, but even the poorest renditions of “Summertime” do nothing to diminish its greatness.

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Te gustará… la versión desgarradora!

 

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