Natalie Merchant, The Roots, Duncan Sheik To Celebrate New "Red Hot" Album With Promo Show

Natalie Merchant, Duncan Sheik, Morcheeba and the Roots are among the musicians that have signed on for a one-off promotional concert scheduled for October 6 in New York City to help celebrate the release of "Red Hot + Rhapsody," the new benefit album for AIDS relief from the Red Hot Organization.

Co-sponsored by "Details" magazine and Levi's Jeans, the event will feature performances from most of the artists appearing on "Red Hot + Rhapsody," an album of contemporary artists covering George Gershwin songs that is the latest album from the Red Hot Organization aimed at raising funds for AIDS relief.

Duncan Sheik, whose own new album, "Humming," arrives in stores next month, spoke with MTV News Online recently about his contribution to the "Red Hot + Rhapsody," a cover of a song Gershwin originally penned for his 1930 musical, "Girl Crazy."

I did a song called 'Embraceable You,'"

Sheik

said, "and recorded it with another group of really amazing kind jazz musicians ... And that was pretty cool, because I guess I've ended up doing a couple of covers [in my career], and it's also nice to be able to reinterpret and modernize a really great and classic song. You can kind of have fun with it." [28.8 RealAudio]

"Red Hot + Rhapsody" is due out on October 6, and will feature the following artists:

  • Morcheeba and Hulbert Lewis - "Summertime"
  • Finley Quaye - "It Ain't Necessarily So"
  • Natalie Merchant - "But Not for Me"
  • Smoke City - "They Can't Take That Away from Me"
  • Spearhead and Ernest Ranglin - "I Got Plenty o' Nuthin'"
  • Bobby Womack and the Roots - "Summertime"
  • Davina - "I Was Doing All Right"
  • Duncan Sheik - "Embraceable You"
  • Clark Terry - "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off"
  • Luscious Jackson - "I've Got a Crush on You"
  • Money Mark

    - "Peter Sellers

    Sings George Gershwin"

  • Majestic 12 - "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
  • Sarah Cracknell and Kid Loco - "The Man I Love"
  • Skylab - "'S Wonderful/Rhapsody in Blue"
  • Sinead O'Connor - "Someone to Watch Over Me"
  • Baaba Maal - "Bess, You Is My Woman Now"
  • David Bowie and Angelo Badalamenti - "A Foggy Day (A London Town)"