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David Mellor's Light Music Masters 9pm - 10pm
4 July 2017, 10:17
We’re hooked on these Acapella App videos right now, and this multiscreen percussion-heavy version of Summertime is one of the best yet…
George Gershwin’s 'Summertime' has dipped into pretty much every musical genre imaginable. Beginning as an aria, Gershwin composed the song in 1934 for his opera Porgy and Bess. He wanted the song to be a spiritual, written in the style of popular 20th century African American folk music.
In the following years, 'Summertime' quickly became a jazz standard and is now one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music.
These guys have done an amazing cover, arranged by double bassist Ryosuke Hazama – find him on Instagram! – for trombone, guitar, double bass, voice and percussion. The performers found each other on the Acapella App, and came together from around the world to create this sultry version of Summertime.
Their smooth use of percussion and bass, along with Gurē's vocal improvisation, amazingly manages to distinguish it from the countless past covers of the aria, and gives it a fresh new flavour.