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Clark Terry Reinterprets Porgy & Bess

Gil Evans’ classic arrangements of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess have received a fresh interpretation courtesy of trumpeter Clark Terry (pictured) with Jeff Lindberg and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO).

Available now from the Americana label, Porgy & Bess marks the first rendition of the score by a top-shelf jazzer since Miles Davis’ definitive 1958 recording. CJO conductor Jeff Lindberg, whose orchestra appears behind Terry on the 12 classic Gershwin melodies, transcribed Evans’ charts for performance along with an inspired performance of “Gone,” the only original Evans composition included on the Davis recording. Appearing alongside Terry on the cut in spirited interplay is fellow flugelhorn player Art Hoyle. CJO alto sax player John Wojciechowski is featured during an interlude on the standard “I Loves You, Porgy” and a tuba solo from Dan Anderson marks the opener “Buzzard Song.”

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