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It Ain’t Necessarily So (Gershwin) | Enrico Rava | Renaissance (2003)

  • Enrico Rava trumpet
  • Stefano Bollani piano
  • Rosario Bonaccorso bass
  • Roberto Gata drums

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I Got Rhythm (Gershwin) | Don Byas (tenor sax) and Slam Stewart (bass)

The Town Hall, New York 1945

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Summertime/It Ain’t Necessarily So (Gershwin) | Ted Greenethe chord chemist | Solo Guitar (1977)

To the man who improvised in counterpoint

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Summertime | The Zombies

Likely my favourite pop song.

(Source: shakedreamsfromyourhair-, via findus)

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Chucho Valdés plays his stripped-down latin version of George Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue, which has been featured on this blog, in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979) opening scene.

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The intro to Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979) (here for Wikipedia), set to George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

This is one of the coolest opening scenes I’ve seen in a while.
Compare it to Sydney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon's (1975).

Such a totally different tone, but the same spirit.

I still feel bad for the trip getting cancelled, I have to go there someday.

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Summertime. The Zombies’ pop rendition of Gershwin’s classic, from 1965.



It’s summertime, and the living is easy.
The bees are jumping and the cotton is high.
Your daddy’s rich and your momma’s good looking.
Won’t you hush pretty baby, don’t you cry.

One of these mornings, you’re gonna wake up singing.
Then you’re gonna spread your wings, and take to the sky.

But ‘till that morning, ain’t nothing, nothing gonna harm you.
With your mommy and daddy, they’re standin’ by.

It’s summertime, and the living is easy.
The bees are jumping and the cotton is high.
Your daddy’s rich and your momma’s good looking.
Won’t you hush pretty baby, don’t you cry.

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I Got Rhythm, a jazz standard set by George Gershwin, and here played by the John Pizzarelli Trio.
Don’t wanna get too smooth in here, but I do like his rhythm ;)

I got rhythm, I got music
I got my gal
Who could ask for anything more?
I got daisys, in green pastures
I got my gal
Who could ask for anything more?

Old man trouble
I don’t mind him
You won’t find him round my door
I got starlight
I got sweet dreams
I got my gal
Who could ask for anything more?

Old man trouble
I don’t mind him
You won’t find him at my door
I got rhythm, I got music
I got my gal
Who could ask for anything more?