Slippedisc comfort zone (32): Someone

Slippedisc comfort zone (32): Someone

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norman lebrecht

May 15, 2021

How did Gershwin do it?


  • Greg Bottini says:

    “How did Gershwin do it?”
    Do what?

  • fflambeau says:

    Gershwin was the most talented American composer. Sad he died so young.

  • E. says:

    Lovely piece, beautifully sung.
    In the title picture, were those four horns for

  • E says:

    “How does he do it?” He’s a genius, and a mensch,
    “who could ask for anything more?”
    Thanks for this one, NL…

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    It is, of course, one of the greatest songs ever written, but I find this performance to be definitive:

    Her Grammy-winning 3-CD set of Gershwin songs (56 of them) belong in every music collection.

  • Michael says:

    A big part of how he did it was wisely teaming with a gifted lyricist, his brother Ira. It’s often overlooked or taken for granted how essential the lyrics are for songs that became classic standards. Frank Sinatra, who many great jazz artists considered the premiere interpreter of standards, believed the lyrics were actually more important than the music. Regarding Gershwin’s purely instrumental music elicits a broader response going into other truly fascinating areas for another time.