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May 16, 2012


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It's interesting that only a handful of musicals - Porgy & Bess included - have inspired jazz musicians to record complete instrumental versions:

"My Fair Lady", "West Side Story", and numerous versions of "Porgy & Bess". Although Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate" - also an "English-themed musical" - contains some catchy songs which became standards (So In Love, Always True To You In My Fashion, From This Moment On), there is no complete instrumental jazz version as far as I know.

b. sussman

BTW: Robert Wright and George Forrest used material by Jean Paul Sartre and Alexandre Dumas the Elder ... first-class inspiration for the brilliant score.

Thanks, Bernard

jOhn Cooper

Robert Wright and George Forrest also did the adaptations for KISMET. I think the tune, IT'S A BLUE WORLD is their's ,too.

jOhn Cooper

*Looks like Alfred Drake up there. Another KISMET vet.

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