Miles Davis: I Loves You, Porgy


I Loves You, Porgy


Miles Davis (trumpet)


Porgy and Bess (Columbia/Legacy 712764)

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Miles Davis (trumpet), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums),

Johnny Coles, Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Louis Mucci (trumpets), Joe Bennett, Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland Dick Hixson (trombones), Willie Ruff, Julius Watkins, Gunther Schuller (French horns), Bill Barber (tuba), Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Jerome Richardson, Romeo Penque (flutes), Danny Bank (bass clarinet)


Composed by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin. Arranged by Gil Evans


Recorded: New York, August 18, 1958


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

One of the most beautiful songs in Porgy and Bess, the music during the entire first part of this track seems to float, as alto flutes and brass play shimmering figures against Miles's muted trumpet in steady tempo, but sounding rubato thanks to the background figures Gil has written. Evans reharmonizes the song's bridge with horns and alto flutes prominent, with part writing that stresses counterpoint over chord changes. While it is too bad that this song fades and might be unsatisfying for some, Evans is clearly using it to set up the album's final song.

If one hears this casually, it almost sounds like mood music. But repeated listening reveals many layers of sound under Miles's improvisational singing. In the history of music, few composers could weave such a web of sound as Gil Evans, and few soloists could be so inspired by it as Miles Davis.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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