Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Rhapsody in Blue [Original Version, arr. Ferde Grofé]
La Création du monde
Ebony Concerto

“After you’ve gone”
“Nobody’s Sweetheart”
“Sweet Sue”
“Makin’ Whoopee!”
“My Blue Heaven”
John Harle (saxophone)
Peter Donohoe (piano)
Jeremy Taylor (high tenor)
Michael Collins (clarinet)
Harvey & the Wallbangers
London Sinfonietta
Sir Simon Rattle

Recorded in 1986 & 1987 at CTS Studio, Wembley, London
CD No: EMI 3 88680 2
Duration: 74 minutes
Reviewed: June 2007
A super, super recording! The ‘jazz’ of Milhaud and Stravinsky pushed boundaries, so too did Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for Paul Whiteman, especially in this spunky original version. The ‘standards’ are foot-tapping and gloriously sentimental. The performers let their hair down and have a ball. The playing is just great – brilliant banjo! – and Bernstein’s scintillating piece is the perfect close.


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