"No experiment is a total loss," my high school chemistry teacher once
told us. "It can always be used as a bad example." What we have here
is a mostly successful experiment, with at least a couple of
smelly disasters to remind us that every attempt carries risk. In
this case it's the risk of looking foolish.
What we have is a collection of classic Gershwin songs, performed by
the last people you'd expect. Or at least the last you'd have
expected before Rod Stewart made a new career mangling old standards.
No surprise that
Bush does so well with
Man I Love; the song could have been written for her
distinctive voice. But who'd have imagined
Loaf getting spiritual on
Loves Me or
Ain't Necessarily So? And, much as I love Rhapsody In
Blue, it's even better when
on Larry Adler's harmonica. As for
Palmer's rendition of
Got Rhythm, well, they say we shouldn't speak ill of the
dead. So I won't.