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15 February 2010

Porgy & Bess (1976)

  1. Summertime (with Cleo Laine)
  2. My Man's Gone Now (Cleo Laine)
  3. A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
  4. They Pass By Singing (Cleo Laine)
  5. What You Want With Bess (Cleo Laine)
  6. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' (with Cleo Laine)
  7. Buzzard Song
  8. Bess, You Is My Woman Now (with Cleo Laine; Joe Pass - g)
  9. Oh, Doctor Jesus (Cleo Laine)
  10. Crab Man
  11. Here Come De Honey Man (with Cleo Laine)
  12. Strawberry Woman (Cleo Laine)
  13. It Ain't Necessarily So (with Cleo Laine)
  14. There's A Boat That's Leavin' Soon For New York
  15. I Loves You, Porgy (Cleo Laine)
  16. Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
  17. Oh Lord, I'm On My Way 
Jazz producer Norman Granz convinced Ray to record George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess. Ray's first choice for the role of Bess was Gladys Knight, but contractual difficulties made that impossible, and Cleo Laine was selected to sing the role. The album made it to #14 on the Billboard Jazz Album Charts.

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Personnel: Al Aarons, Bill Berry, Oscar Brashear, Buddy Childers, Harry Edison, Ray Triscari - trumpets; Garnett Brown Jr, Jimmy Cleveland, J.J. Johnson, Benny Powell, George Roberts, Britt Woodman - trombone; Gary Herbig, William Hood, Sam Most, Bill Perkins, Jerome Richardson, Wilbur Schwartz, Bud Shank, Ernie Watts - clarinet; William Green, Plas Johnsson - saxophone; Tommy Morgan - harmonica;  Chuck Berghofer, Charles Domanico, Jim Hughart, Max Bennett - bass; Joe Pass, John Morell - guitar; Vic Feldman, Ralph Grierson, Joe Sample, Paul Smith - piano; Joe Sample - organ; Larry Bunker, Alan Estes, Emil Radocchia, Jerry Williams - percussion; Washington Rucker - drummer; 20-piece violin section, 8-piece cello section, 3-piece harp section; The James Cleveland Singers - choir; Frank DeVol arranged the music and conducted the 78-piece orchestra.

Cleo and Ray recorded together from 20 to 23 April 1976, and Ray's instrumentals were recorded on 13 July, at RCA Recording Studio in Hollywood. RCA 1831, 1976-11.

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