Porgy & Bess
Label: Verve Records
Two of the most brilliant jazz artists of the 20th Century duet on the American opera, penned by the Gershwin Brothers (Ira's lyrics went uncredited). A popular and critical bomb when it first appeared, jazz musicians took Porgy & Bess to heart and by this 1957 release, it was considered a masterpiece. Features charts by Russ Garcia and the definitive "Summertime."