The song soon became a popular and much-recorded jazz standard, praised by many Hollywood figures after its premier, including star Robert Cummings who called it "without doubt ... one of the finest songs the composer ever wrote". Gershwin composed the song drawing elements from richly soulful African-American spirituals, the new American jazz of the early 20th century, and Western European opera. Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has characterized Heyward's lyrics for "Summertime" and "My Man's Gone Now" as "the best lyrics in the musical theater".
One of those version is made by the American instrumental rock/post-rock band FRIENDS OF DEAN MARTINEZ, a band that featuring members of GIANT SAND, CALEXICO and NAKED PREY. The band combines Americana with electronica, ambient, lounge, psychedelia and dub and intertwines surf rock-inspired lead guitars.
The band was formed in Tucson, Arizona as an experimental side-project. Their debut album, "The Shadow Of Your Smile", was released on the Sub Pop label in 1995.
Enjoy today's cover of "Summertime", the tune is taken from the album "A Place In The Sun" (2000), the only version on Spotify is on the "Live at Club 2" (2005).
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