Gershwin Among Friends
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A terrific cross-over album of Gershwin standards.

Every label that specializes in American music, at one time or other, does an album devoted to the music of George Gershwin; trying to come up with a disc that is unusual and interesting is the challenge. As the title suggests, all the musicians on this album are friends; the instrumentalists are all members of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Just as George Gershwin was himself a product of diverse cultural influences, so his songs represent a variety of musical forms, styles and mediums. The collection on this disc spans the entire creative period of Gershwin's life, from The Real American Folk Song (written in 1918, and his first collaboration with his brother Ira) to the songs for the 1938 movie "The Goldwyn Follies," Love Walked In, I Love To Rhyme, and Our Love is Here to Stay, which were released after the composer's sudden death. Gershwin's friendships and alliances are evident in the songs as well. There are eight songs written for Fred Astaire and-or Ginger Rogers, two songs from the Broadway musical "Girl Crazy," (notable for the fact that the show was the Broadway debut of Ethel Merman and featured a pit Orchestra that included the likes of Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and Benny Goodman), and further selections which feature Linn Maxwell Keller with the musicians as well as the musicians alone.
Contents:
George Gershwin, composer
By Strauss
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
I Got Rhythm
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
S'Wonderful
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
Slap That Bass
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
It Ain't Necessarily So
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
The Real American Folk Song
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
Prelude No. 1
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
Prelude No. 2
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
Prelude No. 3
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
Funny Face
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
Love Walked In
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
Promenade
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
They All Laughed
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
I Love To Rhyme
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
Three Quarter Blues
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
Someone to Watch Over Me
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
Our Love Is Here to Stay
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
But Not For Me
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
They Can't Take That Away
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

George Gershwin, composer
O Lawd, I'm on My Way
Linn Maxwell Keller, mezzo, Rich Ridenour, piano, Ava Ordman, trombone, Mike Crawford, bass, Bill Vits, drums

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