Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday At Newport

Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday At Newport

by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday
     
 

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Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday at Newport presents the naturally intriguing results when Verve paired two sets recorded two days apart (over the 4th of July weekend, 1957) by the two best female singers of the 20th century. Unfortunately, circumstances weren't in their favor, as the combined factors of an unsympathetic band (for See more details below

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Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday at Newport presents the naturally intriguing results when Verve paired two sets recorded two days apart (over the 4th of July weekend, 1957) by the two best female singers of the 20th century. Unfortunately, circumstances weren't in their favor, as the combined factors of an unsympathetic band (for Fitzgerald) and shaky health (for Holiday) make these sets just a step below the expected level of greatness. It's unclear how much time Fitzgerald had spent with her trio, though she makes her unhappiness known while trying to jump-start them to a quicker tempo on "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" and "April in Paris." Finally, she gets the band in line, delivering crowd-pleasing renditions of "Lullaby of Birdland" and the terrific scat piece "Air Mail Special," which must have set the park on fire. Holiday, though she would live for two more years, sounds as though she's on death's doorstep, croaking her standards "Willow Weep for Me," "My Man," "Lady Sings the Blues," and "What a Little Moonlight Can Do." Of course, any Billie Holiday appearance is worth hearing, and she brings her world-weary voice to task on the showpiece "Lady Sings the Blues." Though it's far from a perfect set for both singers, At Newport says more about their respective careers than any great show could. [For a special 2000 reissue of Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday at Newport, Verve added six songs from Carmen McRae's set at Newport. As with Fitzgerald and Holiday, McRae also had problems with her set -- the absence of her usual backing trio forced her to begin her performance with an unfamiliar band. Still, it's an excellent, powerful showcase for McRae's voice on highlights like "I'll Remember April" and "Love Is Here to Stay." Also, a 50th anniversary edition of the show appeared in 2007, with a very similar track listing (except it actually featured one less track).]

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517416062
catalogNumber:
000952302
Rank:
3928

Tracks

  1. This Can't Be Love
  2. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  3. Body and Soul
  4. Too Close for Comfort
  5. Lullaby of Birdland
  6. I've Got a Crush on You
  7. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter)
  8. April in Paris
  9. Air Mail Special
  10. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  11. Nice Work If You Can Get It  - Billie Holiday
  12. Willow, Weep for Me  - Billie Holiday
  13. My Man  - Billie Holiday
  14. Lover, Come Back to Me  - Billie Holiday
  15. Lady Sings the Blues  - Billie Holiday
  16. What a Little Moonlight Can Do  - Billie Holiday
  17. I'll Remember April
  18. Body and Soul
  19. McRae Introduces "Skyliner"
  20. Introduction to Midnight Sun
  21. Midnight Sun
  22. Love Is Here to Stay
  23. Perdido

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ray Bryant   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Mal Waldron   Piano
Ike Isaacs   Bass
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Don Abney   Piano
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Junior Mance   Piano
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Carmen McRae   Piano,Vocals
Specs Wright   Drums
Wendy Marshall   Bass
Ike Isaacs Trio   Bass

Technical Credits

George Wein   Producer
Norman Granz   Producer
Peter Keepnews   Notes Editing
Burt Goldblatt   Original Cover Artwork
William Ruhlmann   Liner Notes
Hollis King   Art Direction
Tom Greenwood   Research Coordination
Bill Simon   Liner Notes
Carlos Kase   Research Coordination

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