LARRY FRANCO JAZZ SOCIETY - Mack the Knife - Moritat

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Larry Franco: pianoforte e voce
Michael Supnick: tromba
Michele Carrabba: tenor sax
Giacomo Desiante: trombone
Ilario De Marinis: bass
Enzo Lanzo: drums

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"Mack the Knife", originally "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer", is a song composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht for their music drama "The Threepenny Opera". It premiered in Berlin in 1928. The song has become a popular standard.
"Mack the Knife" was introduced to the U.S. hit parade by Louis Armstrong in 1954, but the song is most closely associated with Bobby Darin, who recorded his version at Fulton Studios on West 40th Street, NYC, December 19, 1958. In 1959 Darin's version reached number one on Billboard's Hot 100 and number six on the Black Singles chart, earned him a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
Dick Clark had advised Darin not to record the song because of the perception that, having come from an opera, it wouldn't appeal to the rock & roll audience. Frank Sinatra, who recorded the song with Dean Martin, called Darin's the "definitive" version. On Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, pop mogul Simon Cowell named "Mack the Knife" the best song ever written. In 2003, the Darin version was ranked #251 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
Ella Fitzgerald made a famous live recording in 1960 (released on Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife) in which, after forgetting the lyrics after the first verse, she successfully improvised new lyrics in a performance that earned her a Grammy. Other notable versions include performances by Bill Haley & His Comets, Robbie Williams, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Tony Bennett, Marianne Faithfull, Nick Cave, Emma Pask and James Morrison, Brian Setzer, Westlife, Merrill Osmond, Kenny Garrett, Kevin Spacey, and Michael Bublé. Jazz legend Sonny Rollins recorded an instrumental version entitled simply "Moritat" in 1956.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mack_the_Knife

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