Disc Number:
Chesky Records CD 32, DDD

Contents: Earl Wild Plays His Transcriptions of Gershwin

Gershwin / Earl Wild:
Fantasy on Porgy and Bess

Jasbo Brown Blues


Oh, I Can’t Sit Down

My Man’s Gone Now

I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin

Buzzard Song

It Ain’t Necessarily So

Bess, You Is My Woman

I Loves You, Porgy/Bess, You Is My Woman

There’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon For New York

Oh Lawd, I’m On My Way

Improvisation in the form of a Theme and Three Variations On “Someone to Watch Over Me”


Brazilian Dance


Seven Virtuoso Etudes
I Got Rhythm

Oh, Lady, Be Good!


Embraceable You

Somebody Loves Me

Fascinatin’ Rhythm

The Man I Love

Earl Wild piano

Recorded Date:
June 1989 in Fernleaf Abbey

Piano: Baldwin
Michael Rolland Davis
Ed Thompson
Piano Technician:
Greg Comly

One thing is certain: Earl Wild would have been a sensation, a scandal, or possibly both, at one of Gershwin’s parties. Gershwin’s much-vaunted Song-Book is as nothing compared to Wild’s Olympian achievements here. He really is a marvel; this is golden-age piano virtuosity cross-fertilized with jazz-age invention – ingenious, quick-witted, and irresistible. This is a gem of a disc – some of the most uninhibited, flamboyant, and yes, outrageous piano playing I’ve heard in ages. It’s a lively, forthright recording with plenty of dazzle in the upper keys. Indulge yourself.

Edward Seckerson, Gramophone, October 1990.


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