1945-1947

1945-1947

by Ella Fitzgerald
     
 

Welcome to a richly rewarding segment of the all too often overlooked plateau that lies between Ella Fitzgerald's recordings with Chick Webb's orchestra during the second half of the 1930s and her triumphant reign as one of the world's most popular jazz singers during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. The recordings she made between February 26,See more details below

Overview

Welcome to a richly rewarding segment of the all too often overlooked plateau that lies between Ella Fitzgerald's recordings with Chick Webb's orchestra during the second half of the 1930s and her triumphant reign as one of the world's most popular jazz singers during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. The recordings she made between February 26, 1945, and March 1, 1947, illustrate this woman's amazing versatility as she teamed up with an extraordinarily variegated range of vocalists and instrumentalists. Her pleasant collaborations with the Ink Spots and the Delta Rhythm Boys and a few titles with big-band accompaniment serve as appetizers for "Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming)," a disturbingly funny calypso number featuring Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5. Here Ella and Louis put across a performance even more outrageous than Sarah Vaughan's eccentric West Indian suicide song "De Gas Pipe She's Leaking, Joe." While Jordan's band grinds out spicy Caribbean dance music, Ella proudly explains how, fed up with being physically abused, she beat her husband to death with various kitchen utensils. Jordan, who calmly states that he's singing his portion of the duet while stretched out inanimate in the shopping district, admits that he was an abusive drunkard who often beat his wife. This incredibly humorous sendup of the horribly tragic and all too common specter of domestic violence leading to homicide is sustained largely by the female vocalist, who repeatedly describes her husband-killing technique, defiantly exclaims "he had it coming," and even communes with the spirit of Bessie Smith by insisting that she'd do it again even "if I was to die in the electric chair." This interesting compilation also contains a pair of duets with Louis Armstrong, some pleasant performances backed by bands led by pianists Billy Kyle and Eddie Heywood, and some really wild V-Disc collaborations with drummer and scat singer Buddy Rich. Never a dull moment!

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/1998
Label:
Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC:
3307517099822
catalogNumber:
998
Rank:
195706

Tracks

  1. I'm Beginning to See the Light
  2. That's the Way It Is
  3. It's Only a Paper Moon
  4. Cry You Out of My Heart
  5. A Kiss Goodnight
  6. Benny's Coming Home on Saturday  - Randy Brooks
  7. Flying Home  - Vic Schoen
  8. Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming)  -  Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5
  9. Petootie Pie  -  Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5
  10. That's Rich  - Buddy Rich
  11. I'll Always Be in Love With You  - Ella Fitzgerald
  12. I'll See You in My Dreams  - Ella Fitzgerald
  13. Petootie Pie  -  Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5
  14. You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)  -  Bob Haggart & His Orchestra
  15. The Frim Fram Sauce  -  Bob Haggart & His Orchestra
  16. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
  17. I Didn't Mean a Word I Said
  18. (I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons
  19. It's a Pity to Say Goodnight
  20. Guilty
  21. Sentimental Journey
  22. Blue Skies (Budella)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Delta Rhythm Boys   Track Performer
Eddie Heywood   Piano
Louis Jordan   Alto Saxophone
Buddy Rich   Drums,Track Performer
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Trigger Alpert   Bass
Joe Bushkin   Piano
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Peanuts Hucko   Clarinet
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Joe Mooney   Accordion,Vocals
George Wettling   Drums
Wild Bill Davis   Piano
Buddy Weed   Piano
Ink Spots   Track Performer
Moe Wechsler   Piano
Randy Brooks   Trumpet
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet
Eddie Byrd   Drums
Eddie Caine   Alto Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Sid Cooper   Alto Saxophone
Art Drelinger   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Englund   Trumpet
Leonard Graham   Trumpet
Carl Hogan   Guitar
Aaron Izenhall   Trumpet
Josh Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Irv Kluger   Drums
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Billy Kyle   Piano
Danny Perri   Guitar
Jimmy Powell   Alto Saxophone
William Purnell   Drums
Jimmy Shirley   Guitar
Bill Stegmeyer   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Nicholas Tagg   Piano
Hy White   Guitar
Vic Lourie   Claves
Jack Greenberg   Tenor Saxophone
William Pritchard   Trombone
Charlie Fuqua   Vocals
Orville "Hoppy" Jones   Vocals
Bill Kenny   Vocals
Junior Raglin   Bass
Billy Taylor   Bass
Harry Brooks   Trombone
John Lesko   Tenor Saxophone
Haig Stephens   Bass
Remo Palmieri   Guitar
Felix Giobbe   Bass
Sylvester Payne   Drums
Sid Rubin   Tenor Saxophone
Louis Ruggiero   Trumpet
Shorty Allen   Piano
Alfonso King   Trombone
Milton Schatz   Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra   Track Performer
Harry Dialmaracas   Claves
George Bardon   Trumpet
Paul Bardon   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Bourne   Drums
Paul Lajoie   Bass
Sonny Mann   Drums
Lemont Moten   Bass
Eddie Shomer   Baritone Saxophone
Stuart Anderson   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Louis Jordan   Director
Bob Haggart   Director
Wilmoth Houdini   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Hy Heath   Composer
John Lange   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Billy Reid   Composer
Raymond Leveen   Composer
Richard Loring   Composer
Joe Ricardel   Composer
Lorenzo Pack   Composer

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