George Gershwin

The Complete Gershwin Songbooks

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The Complete Gershwin Songbooks collects three discs also released separately: 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, and 'S Paradise. The first two discs include the greatest vocalists Verve had to offer, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Bing Crosby, Joe Williams, Fred Astaire, and even Antonio Carlos Jobim. Obviously, the songs are all classics and the versions presented are quite legendary themselves. The third disc in the set includes instrumental versions of Gershwin standards (by Bill Evans, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Clifford Brown, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson) that focus on the composer's stunning gift of melody and harmonic interplay -- just as the vocalists' versions highlight his lyrical prowess. Not all the versions are definitive, but The Complete Gershwin Songbooks includes many treats for fans of classic traditional pop.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:10
2 3:24 Amazon
3 4:12
4 4:47
5 2:24 Amazon
6
feat: Bing Crosby
2:40 Amazon
7
feat: Betty Carter
7:39 Amazon
8 4:11 Amazon
9 4:51
10 5:50 Amazon
11
feat: Joe Williams
2:37 Amazon
12
feat: Nina Simone
2:31
13 4:01
14
feat: Fred Astaire
2:42 Amazon
15 5:58
16
feat: Shirley Horn
3:35 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:55 Amazon
2 3:50
3
feat: Joe Williams
4:36
4
feat: Anita O'Day
3:15 Amazon
5 4:45 Amazon
6 3:06 Amazon
7 3:11 Amazon
8
feat: Fred Astaire
4:30 Amazon
9 3:07
10
feat: Morgana King
3:03 Amazon
11 8:00
12 2:53 Amazon
13
feat: Shirley Horn
5:47
14 4:38 Amazon
15 2:29 Amazon
16 2:09

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:15 Amazon
2 6:44
3 6:27 Amazon
4 3:54 Amazon
5 3:22 Amazon
6 2:17 Amazon
7 2:31 Amazon
8 5:55 Amazon
9
feat: Bill Evans
5:40
10 3:31
11 5:28 Amazon
12
feat: Tal Farlow
3:22 Amazon
13 3:15
14 3:01 Amazon
15
feat: Don Elliott
5:12 Amazon
16
feat: Art Tatum
3:10 Amazon
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