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Don Ralke kicks off the list of Gershwin renditions with Fascinating Rhythm , a song originally written in 1924 which rose in popularity two years later when it was interwoven in the Broadway musical Lady Be Good , with Gershwin accompanying The Astaires on the piano. There’s literally no musician from the 50’s till 70’s who didn’t cover this particular gemstone. From Tony Bennett over  Petula Clark to  Ella Fitzgerald , there’s an endless amount of versions – but none is as lively and cheeky as Ralke’s take. Launching with a vivid bongo showcase and attenuating maracas, the following punchy brass eruptions, convivial flutes and the mélange of whirling vibraphone notes round off the swinging tune. I like Ralke’s interpretation quite a bit due to the brassy atmosphere and the focus on the bongos. The upbeat mood is much more revitalizing than the piano-focused pile of versions out there.



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