George Gershwin: "Summertime"

Performed by Ella Fitzgerald


This is standard "16-16" or "AB" jazz form.  It's a leisurely pace, lasting a full 3 minutes even without repeats: she sings the 2 verses through and that's it.

This style has a playful approach to melodic rhythm: the bass keeps time, while the soloist plays with it., for example holding over the beat going into the 2nd verse at measure 17.  

The color swatches at beginning and end are the applause of the live audience.



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