An album that looks at first glance like not much more than what it says – versions of Gershwin tunes by Chris Connor
, done in a nicely arranged style, but is actually a rather nice set. This albums is a trimmed down version of the great double LP set Connor
cut for Atlantic, issued on their short lived budget subsidiary Clarion, featuring key Gershwin compositions from the 20s and 30s, redone here with a moody, mellow, jazz-based approach – one that unlocks even more darkness in these tunes than you might expect! Instrumentation is by a number of different small groups – assemblages of players who include Joe Newman on trumpet, Sam Most on clarinet, Herbie Mann on flute, Milt Jackson on vibes, Al Cohn on tenor, and Ralph Sharon on piano – all working with arrangements by Sharon, Ray Ellis, and Stan Free. Titles include "Love Walked In", "I Loves You Porgy", "Love Is Here To Stay", "A Foggy Day", and "Summertime".
(Cover has a name in pen across the front and back.)