Red Hot + Rhapsody: The Gershwin Groove

1998
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  • Summertime Morcheeba + Hubert Laws
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  • It Ain't Necessarily So Finley Quaye
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  • But Not For Me Natalie Merchant (featuring Chris Botti)
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  • They Can't Take That Away From Me Smoke City
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  • I Got Plenty O' Nuthin' Spearhead + Ernest Ranglin
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  • Summertime Bobby Womack + The Roots
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  • I Was Doing All Right Davina
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  • Embraceable You Duncan Sheik (featuring Chris Botti)
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  • Let's Call The Whole Thing Of Clark Terry
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  • I've Got A Crush On You Luscious Jackson
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  • Peter Sellers Sings George Gershwin Money Mark
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  • Nice Work If You Can Get It Majestic 12
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  • The Man I Love Sarah Cracknell + Kid Loco
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  • 's Wonderful / Rhapsody In Blue Skylab
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  • Someone To Watch Over Me Sinéad O'Connor
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  • Bess, You Is My Woman Now Baaba Maal
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  • A Foggy Day (In London Town) David Bowie + Angelo Badalamenti
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OVERVIEW

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Due to the reputation of Red Hot + Blue and its stellar reinterpretations of classic Cole Porter songs, Red Hot was approached by the Gershwin estate to do a similar tribute to George and Ira. This seems like a logical way for Red Hot to return to its ‘roots’ after many albums dealing with communities of color and throughout the world. Not to mention the music was among the greatest ever composed in 20th century America. The album also continued Red Hot’s tradition of legendary collaborations such as Bobby Womack and The Roots doing “Summertime” and David Bowie and Angelo Badalamenti doing “A Foggy Day in London Town.”

PRESS

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Good music for a good cause has been at the heart of every “Red Hot” collection since the organization started hitching contemporary performers with classic music to raise cash to fight AIDS. On this go ’round, “Red Hot” sizzles with the music of one of America’s greatest composing teams: George and Ira Gershwin.

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If we have forgotten how much George Gershwin borrowed from black music, then listening to Baaba Maal turn “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” into an aching Senegalese lament should jog our memories. On this AIDS benefit album celebrating the Gershwin centennial, Morcheeba’s acid jazz and Finley Quaye’s Jamaican groove also sound seamlessly at home, and even Spearhead and Ernest Ranglin’s hip-hop deconstructions sit naturally on songs often draw as much from the hollers of black street peddlers as from Tin Pan Alley.

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Garnering stylistic inspiration from the compilation that started it all, the Red Hot Organization again looks to the genesis of pop songcraft to give contemporary artists something substantial on which to flex their musical muscles. What is most interesting here is how readily adaptable Gershwin’s songs are to any treatment. 

COMPANION RECORD

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Because of the success of Nova Bossa, Verve Records asked Red Hot to do another companion album for this project, By George (and Ira), which brought together some amazing existing recordings of Gershwin music by Miles Davis, Billie Holiday,  Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, and Charlie Parker.

Tracklist:

  • They Can’t Take That Away From Me
    Sarah Vaughan
  • The Man I Love
    Billie Holiday
  • The Man I Love
    Miles Davis
  • I Loves You, Porgy
    Nina Simone
  • I Loves You, Porgy
    Bill Evans
  • Summertime
    Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin
  • It Ain’t Necessarily So
    Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  • Summertime
    Billy Stewart
  • I Was Doing All Right
    Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson
  • The Man I Love
    Lester Young Trio
  • Someone To Watch Over Me
    Blossom Dearie
  • Excerpt From Prelude II
    Kenny Burrell
  • Summertime
    Stan Getz
  • Embraceable You
    Billie Holiday
  • I’ve Got A Crush On You
    Ella Fitzgerald
  • Summertime
    Charlie Parker

CREDITS

Executive Producer:
John Carlin
Produced by:
John Carlin, Chris Dell’Olio, Béco Dranoff, Brian Hanna and Paul Heck