July 5, 2009

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(Oscar Levant - worlds Greatest Neurotic who chummed around with Gershwin)

As long as we're still in Fourth of July weekend mode, I thought I would toss in a little Gershwin as interpreted by his friend Oscar Levant for good measure.

This is a Hollywood Bowl concert from July 25, 1950 featuring Levant, along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Artur Rodzinski, playing the Gershwin Concerto in F, a bunch of encores which included some DeFalla and ended up with a solo version of "Rhapsody In Blue".

Never available commercially, and from the original raw transcription disc masters.

And as we like to say here at Newstalgia "You heard it here first!"

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