Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ Porgy and Bess Is a Landmark of Arrangement, Performance, and Emotion: 1959 Adaptation of George Gershwin Opera Advances Jazz Idioms and Modal Playing
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 4,000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g 45RPM 2LP Set Features Reference-Level Tonality, Depth, and Openness
If a more significant, influential, and lasting result of a creative musical partnership exists than that of Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ Porgy and Bess, society hasn’t seen it. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the pair’s collaboration on the landmark 1959 update of George Gershwin‘s opera. Transcending genre, time, and place, the profound statement finds Evans and Davis implementing modal approaches in a mainstream context and advancing jazz idioms that would become the foundation of the form’s still-classic era. And that’s saying nothing of the soulful playing – legendary performances by Davis’ first great quintet that can now be heard in pristine detail courtesy of this definitive analog edition.
Mastered from the original tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 4,000 numbered copies, Porgy and Bess attains previously unheard degrees of clarity, openness, immediacy, and depth on Mobile Fidelity’s 180g 45RPM 2LP set.