Porgy & Bess Revisited

Porgy & Bess Revisited, subtitled Played by a Very Unusual Cast, is an album of jazz interpretations of songs from the George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess performed by cornetist Rex Stewart and trumpeter Cootie Williams, with saxophonists Hilton Jefferson and Pinky Williams and trombonist Lawrence Brown, that was recorded in late 1958 and released on the Warner Bros. label.[1]

Porgy & Bess Revisited
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Studio album by
Recordedlate 1958
StudioWebster Hall, New York City, NY
LabelWarner Bros.
W/WS 1260
ProducerGeorge T. Simon
Rex Stewart chronology
Henderson Homecoming
Porgy & Bess Revisited
Chatter Jazz
Cootie Williams chronology
Cootie Williams in Hi-Fi
Porgy & Bess Revisited
The Solid Trumpet of Cootie Williams


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]

Scott Yanow of AllMusic states, "The two lead characters are played instrumentally by swing all-stars. Cornetist Rex Stewart portrays Sportin' Life, trumpeter Cootie Williams (who emerges as the main star) is Porgy, altoist Hilton Jefferson is Bess and trombonist Lawrence Brown is both Serena and Clara. Somehow it all works. Jim Timmens' arrangements for the big band keeps the momentum going, making this a surprisingly successful effort".[2]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by George Gershwin

  1. "It Ain't Necessarily So" - 3:58
  2. "Bess, You Is My Woman" - 4:33
  3. "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'" - 2:23
  4. "My Man's Gone Now" - 3:09
  5. "There's a Boat Dat's Leavin 'Soon for New York" - 3:24
  6. "Summertime" - 4:05
  7. "A Red-Headed Woman" - 3:03
  8. "Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess" - 3:27
  9. "A Woman Is a Sometime Thing" - 3:49
  10. "Oh Lawd, I'm on My Way" - 3:58



  1. ^ Edwards, D., Eyries, P. & Callahan, M. Both Sides Now: Warner Brothers Album Discography, Part 1: B/BS-1201 to 2N/2NS-1399 (1958-1960), accessed December 3, 2018
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Rex Stewart / Stewart-Williams: Porgy & Bess Revisited – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved December 3, 2018.