8.31.2010

Listening To >> Classics >> Summertime

Late-summer heat has this song playing on repeat in my head.  Here, the classic jazz standard by George Gershwin performed by a few of the greats.  Amazing to hear how each of them interprets it, no?


A very spare, introspective version from Ella Fitzgerald.



Possibly on the other end of the spectrum from the one above by Ella, Big Mama Thornton, who I l-o-v-e, brings something totally different to this classic... Though not the classic arrangement, this might be my favorite.



A very lush recording from Ella with Louis Armstrong, and maybe the version that comes to mind when you think of this song.


The original recording by Billie Holliday.

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