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Mark Masters Ensemble: Porgy & Bess… Redefined!

George Gershwin is one composer whose output, particularly Porgy & Bess, lends itself to frequent reinvention. Mark Masters’ approach combines an enhancement of the Gil Evans/Miles Davis creation with a recoloring of Gershwin’s concept. Since Gershwin’s changes are definitive, Masters seldom has to reharmonize. Besides, soloists such as trombonist Dave Woodley, trumpeter Tim Hagans, tenorist Billy Harper and baritonist Gary Smulyan fashion such in-and-out statements that their solos often lend a feeling of bitonality.

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