Gershwin by Grofé: Symphonic Jazz

Original orchestrations and arrangements 

(Harmonia Mundi 907492)

Soloists: Lincoln Mayorga, piano

Al Gallodoro, sax, clarinet, bass clarinet

TRACKS: "I Got Rhythm" Variations (original Gershwin orchestration),Rhapsody in Blue (original "jazz band" version),Songs: Yankee Doodle Blues (2 versions: one recorded digitally; the second recorded on a wax cylinder on a 1909 Edison Fireside Phonograph!), That Certain Feeling, Somebody Loves Me, Sweet and Low-down, I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise, The Man I Love, Fascinating Rhythm, Summertime.

"While avoiding mere imitation, Mayorga duplicates the heady sense of discovery, and the sheer joy in technical prowess, that were part of Gershwin's performance style. And he certainly knows how to swing, something others who assay this literature may talk about, but few come close to achieving. “Ronald E. Grames, FANFARE JULY/AUGUST 2010

This is one of the very best that I've heard ...arresting and hugely entertaining. Lincoln Mayorga is a superb, dashing soloist. -John Quinn, Music Web Interntional UK (Recording of the month for September 2010)

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