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Arranged by Gil Evans. Range: Trumpet 1: E6; Trombone 1: C5. One of the most frequently covered songs from George and Ira Gershwin's opera 'Porgy and Bess,' 'It Ain't Necessarily So' is intended to serve as a defining moment for the character of Sportin' Life, a drug dealer who has his eyes set on seducing Bess. A hedonist through and through, Sportin' Life offers up his cynical views of the Bible to the largely religious community of Catfish Row, earning him a mix of interest and scorn from the other characters.
The arrangement begins with a somewhat painstaking statement from the solo trumpet, with some soft ensemble backgrounds that gradually build to a powerful hit that establishes the medium swing feel that the rest of the arrangement adheres to at measure The trumpet soloist briefly improvises before stating the pithy melody at measure The full ensemble re-enters at measure 26 to provide accompaniment for another improvisation from the solo trumpet before the melody returns for the final A section at measure Beginning at measure 42, the rest of the arrangement serves largely as a vehicle for an improvised trumpet solo.
Most of the accompanying backgrounds are handled by brief rhythmic hits in the horns, but the rest of the ensemble enters to help out on the bridge at measure Interestingly enough, the melody on the bridge is not stated until measure 90, when the full ensemble comes in at full strength at measure The trumpet soloist resumes the melody at measure 98, with another extended improvised solo that gradually fades out until the end of the arrangement.
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Miles Davis : “Porgy and Bess” (1958): Columbia
It is the second collaboration between Davis and Evans and has garnered much critical acclaim since its release, being acknowledged by some music critics as the best of their collaborations. In , Davis was one of many jazz musicians growing dissatisfied with bebop , seeing its increasingly complex chord changes as hindering creativity. No chords Classical composers have been writing this way for years, but jazz musicians seldom have. In early , Davis began using this approach with his sextet. The advance publicity for the film was considerable, and with the lates vogue for recorded "jazz versions of These ranged from an all-star big band version arranged and conducted by Bill Potts to one by Bob Crosby and the Bobcats.
It Ain't Necessarily So