George Gershwin

The Ultimate Collection

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George Gershwin: The Ultimate Collection is a nice double-disc set that collects definitive performances of Gershwin standards from Rhapsody in Blue to Funny Face. It's a wildly eclectic collection, containing cuts from Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Audrey Hepburn, Sarah Vaughan, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, thereby offering a good portrait of the depth of Gershwin's material and the way it lends itself to so many different styles. It's not necessarily a definitive collection -- he wrote so much great music, it's nearly impossible to condense it all into one set -- but it's one terrific sampler.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:15
2 4:59
3 3:37
4 5:58
5
feat: Shirley Horn
3:35
6 4:10
7
feat: Fred Astaire
3:46
8 5:07
9 2:37
10 4:00
11 3:49
12
feat: Nina Simone
2:31
13
feat: Morgana King
3:03
14
feat: Anita O'Day
3:15
15 3:03
16
feat: Bing Crosby
2:40
17 4:52
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