The Complete Gershwin Songbooks

The Complete Gershwin Songbooks

by George Gershwin



The Complete Gershwin Songbooks collects three discs also released separately: 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, and 'S Paradise. The first two discs include the greatest vocalists Verve had to offer, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Bing Crosby, Joe Williams, Fred Astaire, and even Antonio Carlos Jobim. Obviously, the songs are all classics and the versions presented are quite legendary themselves. The third disc in the set includes instrumental versions of Gershwin standards (by Bill Evans, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Clifford Brown, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson) that focus on the composer's stunning gift of melody and harmonic interplay -- just as the vocalists' versions highlight his lyrical prowess. Not all the versions are definitive, but The Complete Gershwin Songbooks includes many treats for fans of classic traditional pop.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/1995
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731452915221
catalogNumber: 529152

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Gershwin   Primary Artist
Fred Astaire   Vocals,Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Nina Simone   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Toshiko Akiyoshi   Piano,Track Performer
Ernestine Anderson   Vocals,Track Performer
Louie Bellson   Drums,Track Performer
Bob Brookmeyer   Valve Trombone,Track Performer
Clifford Brown   Trumpet,Track Performer
Betty Carter   Track Performer
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone,Track Performer
Bob Cooper   Saxophone
Blossom Dearie   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet,Track Performer
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Bill Evans   Piano
Tal Farlow   Guitar,Track Performer
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Track Performer
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Urbie Green   Trombone
Jim Hall   Guitar,Track Performer
Jake Hanna   Drums
Bill Henderson   Track Performer
Shirley Horn   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Bobby Jaspar   Flugelhorn
Henry Johnson   Guitar
Hank Jones   Piano
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Morgana King   Track Performer
Mel Lewis   Drums
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Helen Merrill   Track Performer
Red Mitchell   Bass
Ted Nash   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Anthony Ortega   Alto Saxophone
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Piano,Cello,Track Performer
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Prysock   Vocals,Track Performer
Buddy Rich   Drums
Jerome Richardson   Tenor Saxophone
Max Roach   Drums
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Marshall Royal   Saxophone
Bud Shank   Saxophone
George Shearing   Piano,Track Performer
Norman Simmons   Piano
Paul Smith   Piano
Art Tatum   Piano,Track Performer
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Dinah Washington   Vocals,Track Performer
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Russell Garcia   Conductor
Neal Hefti   Conductor
Rick Henderson   Alto Saxophone
Lou Levy   Piano
Hal McKusick   Alto Saxophone
Lanny Morgan   Alto Saxophone
Joe Puma   Guitar
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
Don Braden   Tenor Saxophone
Caiola   Guitar
Dick Marx   Piano
Frank deVol   Conductor
Felix Slatkin   Violin
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Anita O'Day   Vocals,Track Performer
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Med Flory   Vocals
Charles Ables   Bass,Ebo
Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson   Piano
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals,Track Performer
Victor Arno   Violin
Bob Badgley   Bass
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Beldini   Drums
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Denzil Best   Drums
Keter Betts   Bass
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Bowie   Bass
Paulinho Braga   Drums
Ray Brown   Bass
Larry Bunker   Drums
Kenny Burrell   Guitar,Track Performer
Candido Camero   Bongos,Conga
Gene Cherico   Bass
Gene Cipriano   Woodwind
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
Joe Comfort   Bass
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Harold Dicterow   Violin
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Don Elliott   Mellophonium,Vibes,Track Performer
Frank Flynn   Drums
Frank Foster   Piano
Johnny Frigo   Bass
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Chuck Gentry   Saxophone
Benny Gill   Violin
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone
Honey Gordon   Vocals
Richard Gordon   Vocals
Bill Graham   Saxophone
Jewell L. Grant   Woodwind
William Green   Woodwind
Benny Green   Piano
Winard Harper   Drums
Roy Haynes   Drums
J.C. Heard   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Francis Howard   Trombone
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Paulo Jobim   Guitar
Osie Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Kathyrine Julye   Harp
Eddie Karam   Conductor
Gerryck King   Drums
Harry Klee   Woodwind
Junior Mance   Piano
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Jay Migliori   Tenor Saxophone
Mooney   Conductor
Jaques Morelenbaum   Cello
George Morrow   Bass
Dick Nash   Trombone
John Neves   Bass
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Payne   Drums
Romeo Penque   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Persip   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Jimmy Priddy   Trombone
Ray Reed   Tenor Saxophone
George Roberts   Trombone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals,Track Performer
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Paul Shure   Violin
John Simmons   Bass
Stuff Smith   Violin
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Joe Triscari   Trumpet
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Champ Webb   Woodwind
Frank Wess   Saxophone
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Bobby White   Drums
Gene Wright   Bass
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Alex Beller   Violin
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Victor Bay   Violin
Stanley Harris   Viola
Murray Kellner   Violin
Karl de Karske   Bass Trombone
Dale McMickle   Trumpet
Bob Peterson   Bass
Eddie Jones   Bass
Ralph Martin   Piano
Hal Mooney Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Tião Neto   Bass
Tommy Mitchell   Bass Trombone
Gus Chappell   Trombone
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Lisle Atkinson   Bass
Richie Powell   Piano
Maurice Stein   Saxophone
George Ulyate   Trombone
Jim Decker   French Horn
Hayman   Conductor
Steve Williams   Drums
Bobby Hamilton   Drums
Paul E. West   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Bob Brookmeyer   Contributor
Blossom Dearie   Contributor
Tal Farlow   Arranger
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Supersax   Contributor
Russell Garcia   Arranger
Neal Hefti   Arranger
Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Frank deVol   Arranger
Isaac & James   Liner Notes
Paulinho Braga   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Producer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Arranger
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Mooney   Arranger
Jaques Morelenbaum   Producer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Hy Weiss   Producer
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes
Étsuko Iseki   Director,Art Direction
Miriam Cutler & Swing Street   Producer
Hal Mooney Orchestra   Contributor
Ron Berinstein   Producer
Chika Azuma   Director
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Chris Thompson   Art Direction
Hayman   Arranger
Norman Franz   Producer

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