Throughout the years, Blue Note has boasted a rich, varied roster more often than not, and their artists frequently tackled standards on their records. Therefore, it only makes sense that the label decided to compile several highlights from these standards as the Blue Note Plays series in 1999. Blue Note Plays Gershwin contains ten highlights from five different decades. It's a lot of time to cover, and it has to be said that a lot of great performances were left in the vaults. Nevertheless, what is here is very good indeed, whether it's Stanley Turrentine's "They Can't Take that Away from Me," Dexter Gordon's "Our Love Is Here to Stay," Benny Green's "Soon" & Ike Quebec's "I've Got a Crush on You," or Sonny Clark's "Love Walked In," Lou Donaldson's "The Man I Love," Jimmy Smith & Jackie McLean's "Embraceable You" or Joe Lovano's "Someone to Watch Over Me." All the performances are stylish and accomplished, making this an excellent bargain-priced sampler.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine