A long listen, but well worth it. We’ve all probably heard “cleaner” and more “sophisticated” performances of “Rhapsody in Blue,” but of all of the performances/arrangements out there, this is my favorite: raw, quirky, rambunctious–just like Gershwin wrote it. This is the Colombia Records Jazz band with a cut of the piano roll made by Gershwin himself (orchestra parts played by the piano are cut) super-imposed around the orchestra. The first performance, after all, consisted of orchestration arranged from a scribbled second piano part, while Gershwin improvised on the piano. Enjoy!
Long Live the Player Piano!