1951-1952 Decca Recordings

1951-1952 Decca Recordings

by Ella Fitzgerald
     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
05/27/2003
Label:
Jazz Factory Spain
UPC:
8436006498480
catalogNumber:
22848
Rank:
218492

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Arthur Baker   Reeds
Bill Doggett   Organ
Grey   Trombone
Hank Jones   Piano
Bobby Byrne   Trombone
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
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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