[audio:http://royayersproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Herbie-Mann-at-the-Village-Gat.mp3|titles=Herbie Mann (Live at the Village Gate)]
[audio:http://royayersproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Summertime-The-Pharcyde-Remix1.mp3|titles=Sublime & Pharcyde]
One of the more popular “Urban” version of the famed George Gershwind song Summertime is Sublime’s rendition, but here is the seldom heard remix featuring The Pharcyde. Since both groups are from Los Angeles, this song holds significant meaning to any Southern California resident. Sublime’s version of Summertimefeatures the sample of Herbie Mann’s version, from the recording Live at the Village Gate. You might be aware that Roy Ayers began his career playing with Herbie Mann, which may lead you to believe that the vibes that are featured in the song are played by Roy Ayers, but they’re not. Roy Ayers began playing with Herbie Mann in the mid-1960’s, and this recording was released in 1961. The vibraphone player that is featured on Herbie Mann and Sublime’s version of Summertime is Canadian composer and vibraphonist Hagood Hardy.
According to Wikipedia, there are said to be over 2600 versions of this song, with many of them being Jazz versions. Here are some of the more popular versions by some of the prolific names in Jazz, in no particular order.
Jimmy Smith (1956)
Herbie Hancock (1998)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (1957)
[audio:http://royayersproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/11-Summertime.mp3|titles=Ella Fitzgerald & Louie Armstrong]
Billie Holiday (1936)
Miles Davis & Quincy Jones (1991)
[audio:http://royayersproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/13-Summertime.mp3|titles=Miles Davis & Quincy Jones]