Complete 1940 NBC Broadcasts

Complete 1940 NBC Broadcasts

by Ella Fitzgerald
     
 
With the death of Chick Webb in 1939, his big band was temporarily without a leader. Since Ella Fitzgerald had become the orchestra's most popular attraction, she was put at its head even though she had very little to do with the music. The Webb management, musical director Teddy McRae and trumpeter Taft Jordan

Overview

With the death of Chick Webb in 1939, his big band was temporarily without a leader. Since Ella Fitzgerald had become the orchestra's most popular attraction, she was put at its head even though she had very little to do with the music. The Webb management, musical director Teddy McRae and trumpeter Taft Jordan actually ran the show, but Fitzgerald was still virtually the only female singer (other than Ina Ray Hutton) to be the leader of her own big band during the era. The experiment would last for two years, until Fitzgerald started her own remarkably successful solo career in 1941. While most of the band's recordings after Webb's death featured Fitzgerald's vocals, the four radio broadcasts that comprise this two-CD set have the orchestra taking instrumentals on over one-third of the material. Ella Fitzgerald was not yet the mature singer that she would become, nor is she heard scatting, a skill she would master five years later. However, her voice is cheerful and pleasing, the band swings and the Edgar Sampson arrangements are a major asset. A few of her novelty features are throwaways but overall this two-fer, which has the only existing live performances of the Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra (and is more complete than previous reissues), is a worthwhile acquisition.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2007
Label:
Definitive Spain
UPC:
8436006492990
catalogNumber:
11299

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Opening Theme)
  2. Traffic Jam
  3. A Lover Is Blue
  4. Dodging the Dean
  5. 'Tain't What You Do
  6. I'm Confessin'
  7. Blue Lou
  8. What's the Matter with Me
  9. I Want the Waiter
  10. Let's Get Together (Closing Theme)
  11. A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Opening Theme)
  12. Limehouse Blues
  13. This Changing World
  14. Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!
  15. Diga Diga Doo
  16. Thank Your Stars
  17. Take It from the Top
  18. Vagabond Dreams
  19. Breakin' Down
  20. Let's Get Together (Closing Theme)

Disc 2

  1. A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Opening Theme)
  2. Royal Garden Blues
  3. Sing Song Swing
  4. Sugar Blues
  5. Make Believe
  6. Sweet Sue
  7. It's a Blue World
  8. Is There Somebody Else?
  9. One Moment Please
  10. I've Got to Be a Rug Cutter (Closing Theme)
  11. A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Opening Theme)
  12. I Got Rhythm
  13. One Cigarette for Two
  14. Chewing Gum
  15. Lover, Come Back to Me
  16. Who Ya Hunchin'
  17. The Starlit Hour
  18. Sing Song Swing
  19. Goin' and Getting'
  20. Let's Get Together (Closing Theme)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Taft Jordan   Trumpet,Vocals
Bill Beason   Drums
Garvin Bushell   Alto,Clarinet,Saxophone
Wayman Carver   Clarinet,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson   Alto,Clarinet,Saxophone
George Matthews   Trombone
Teddy McRae   Clarinet,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Beverly Peer   Bass
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Piano
Irving "Mouse" Randolph   Trumpet
Nat Story   Trombone
John Trueheart   Guitar
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Ram Ramirez   Piano

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Director
Sy Oliver   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Arranger
Trummy Young   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Will J. Harris   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
S. Williams   Composer
Dana Suesse   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Nelson Cogane   Composer
Doc Daugherty   Composer
Lucy Fletcher   Composer
Chet Forrest   Composer
Estudi Canó   Artwork
Matías Rinar   Liner Notes
Robert Wright   Composer

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