1951-1952 Decca Recordings

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Ella Fitzgerald once admitted, very modestly, that she stole everything she heard, especially from the horns. Although her clear vocal talent and immense interpretive skills squashed such a pithy concern as originality, her early-'50s Decca period was a mishmash of styles and arrangements that Fitzgerald only triumphed over with a struggle. The best of them are excellent, however, and many sides on this fine Disconforme collection show her trumpeting her voice in ways the brass section would really appreciate. Backed by top arranger Sy Oliver's ever-resourceful orchestra, she shines on the exuberant "Hot Canary" and the soothingly swinging "Smooth Sailing." For "Air Mail ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Ella Fitzgerald once admitted, very modestly, that she stole everything she heard, especially from the horns. Although her clear vocal talent and immense interpretive skills squashed such a pithy concern as originality, her early-'50s Decca period was a mishmash of styles and arrangements that Fitzgerald only triumphed over with a struggle. The best of them are excellent, however, and many sides on this fine Disconforme collection show her trumpeting her voice in ways the brass section would really appreciate. Backed by top arranger Sy Oliver's ever-resourceful orchestra, she shines on the exuberant "Hot Canary" and the soothingly swinging "Smooth Sailing." For "Air Mail Special," Fitzgerald turns in one of her finest scat performances in front of husband Ray Brown's tough-swinging bop small group. Her ballad work on "Angel Eyes" is exemplary too, but it's with light bop pieces like "Give a Little, Get a Little" and "Preview" that this material really shines. Her last years at Decca marked a halfway point -- midway between her first brush with bop in the mid-'40s and her artistic peak at Verve with the mid-'50s songbooks -- but her irrepressible artistic spirit made much of it sound like pure genius.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2003
  • Label: Jazz Factory Spain
  • EAN: 8436006498480
  • Catalog Number: 22848
  • Sales rank: 306,614

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
Arthur Baker Reeds
Bill Doggett Organ
Al Grey Trombone
Hank Jones Piano
Bobby Byrne Trombone
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Al Klink Reeds
George Duvivier Bass
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Sandy Block Bass
Johnny Blowers Drums
Ray Brown Bass
Mort Bullman Trombone
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Sid Cooper Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford Drums
George Dorsey Reeds
Dick Jacobs Tenor Saxophone, Bells
Phil Kraus Vibes
Dave McRae Bass Saxophone
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Rudy Taylor Drums
Paul Webster Trumpet
Hy White Guitar
Milt Yaner Alto Saxophone
Tony Faso Trumpet
Carl Poole Trumpet
Arnold Fishkind Bass
Frank Saracco Trombone
Bill Holcombe Reeds
Fred Williams Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Eric Mills Liner Notes
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