Porgy and Bess (Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass album)

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Porgy and Bess
Studio album by Joe Pass, Oscar Peterson
Released 1976
Recorded January 26, 1976 at Group IV Recording Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Genre Jazz
Length 41:47
Label Pablo
Producer Norman Granz
Oscar Peterson chronology
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Roy Eldridge 4 - Montreux '77
Joe Pass chronology
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Virtuoso No. 3

Porgy and Bess is a 1976 (see 1976 in music) album by Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass featuring music from Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. This is the only album on which Peterson plays the clavichord. Pass plays acoustic guitar exclusively.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]

AllMusic critic Scott Yanow wrote in his review: "The results are novel at first but rather limited on the whole, making one wonder whose bright idea this was."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by George Gershwin, with all lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, except otherwise noted.

  1. "Summertime" - 4:27
  2. "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" - 3:38
  3. "My Man's Gone Now" - 3:07
  4. "It Ain't Necessarily So" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 3:30
  5. "I Loves You Porgy" - 6:26
  6. "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" - 3:02
  7. "Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?" - 5:32
  8. "They Pass by Singin'" - 2:31
  9. "There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York" - 3:54
  10. "Strawberry Woman" - 5:40



  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Porgy and Bess > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 28, 2015.