Next up is one of my favorite versions of this standard, adapted from George Gershiwn’s opera, “Porgy and Bess”. Here Miles Davis in conjunction with composer/arranger Gil Evans give a stirring rendition of “Summertime”, from the album named after the opera, Porgy and Bess.
Ryan Truesdell, who has recorded two magnificently executed and recorded albums of Gil Evans scores, identifies some hidden gems in Gil’s canon, including the Gerry Mulligan Sextet recording of La Plus Que Lente, which appears on our Mosaic LP set Gerry Mulligan: The Emarcy Sextet Recordings (3008). Honestly, until Ryan’s column, I didn’t even know this was Gil’s arrangement!
“In the late sixties, he became intrigued with a young musician named Jimi Hendrix. He saw in Hendrix what he had seen in Charlie Parker twenty years earlier; a fountainhead of pure inspired knowledge.”