gil-evans

Summertime
  • Summertime
  • Miles Davis
  • Porgy and Bess
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SATURDAY EVENING JAZZ: Summertime performed by Miles Davis - A week ago, posting a song about summer would have been mildly ironic.  Today, it makes total sense.  And really, what is spring but an annoyingly long way to get to summer.

Porgy and Bess was a collaboration between Miles and Gil Evans, inspired by the smash hit musical by George Gershwin.  Perhaps it was the material, perhaps the familiarity between Gil and Miles, or perhaps the fresh modal sounds Miles was experimenting with, but whatever the case, this album is simply incredible and essential jazz listening.  While Summertime is certainly thematically appropriate, it also happens to be one of the finest songs ever composed, and this version one of the best ever recorded.