- Released: May 5, 2006
- Label: Original Long Play
- 2.I Was Doing All Right
- 3.'S wonderful
- 4.Bess, You Is My Woman Now
- 5.Strike Up The Band
- 6.They Can't Take That Away From Me
- 7.The Man I Love
- 8.I Got Rhythm
- 9.Someone To Watch Over Me
- 10.It Ain't Necessarily So
Personnel: Buddy DeFranco (clarinet); Oscar Peterson (piano); Russ Garcia (arranger, conductor); H.C. Gunkler (alto saxophone, flute); Jack Dumont (alto saxophone); Julie Jacobs (tenor saxophone, English horn, oboe); Harry Betts, Nick DiMaio, Murray McEachern, Dick Noel (trombone); Dick Perissi (French horn); Marty Berman (bass clarinet, bassoon); Sam Caplan, David Frishna, Saul Grant, Henry Hill, Dan Lube, Rickey Marino, Mischa Russell, Ralph Schaefer, Eudice Shapiro, Marshall Sosson (violin); Louis Kievman, Virginia Matewski (viola); George Neikrug, Kurt Reher (cello); Herb Elllis (guitar); Ray Brown (bass); Bobby White (drums).
Producer: Norman Granz
Compilation producer: Ben Young
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California in December, 1954. Includes liner notes by Art Hilgart.
Digitally remasterd by Chris Herles at Polygram Studios.
This is part of The Verve Elite Edition series.
Personnel: Buddy DeFranco (clarinet); Herb Ellis (guitar); Herman Gunkler (flute, alto saxophone); Marty Berman (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Jack Dumont (alto saxophone); Dick Noel, Harry Betts, Murray McEachern, Nick Dimaio (trombone); Oscar Peterson (piano).
Liner Note Author: Norman Granz.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (12/06/1954/12/07/1954).
Arranger: Russell Garcia .
Usually when clarinetist Buddy DeFranco and pianist Oscar Peterson teamed up on records in the '50s, the results were up-tempo fireworks as they challenged each other. However, their collaboration on The George Gershwin Songbook is quite a bit different, for they are weighed down by the Russ Garcia and His Orchestra. The strings, woodwinds and trombones sometimes make the music sound overly dramatic and in most places just turns the jazz into easy listening music. Even when the tempo is fast, as on "Strike Up the Band," the solos are cut short and the results seem truncated. Overall the music is pleasing and well played, but falls short of being classic or as exciting as one would hope. ~ Scott Yanow