Early Ella: 1935-1940

Early Ella: 1935-1940

by Ella Fitzgerald
     
 
No one can accuse Ella Fitzgerald of having a short career; the singer was only 18 when she started recording in 1935, and she was 69 when she recorded her final album, All That Jazz, in 1989. Early Ella: 1935-1940 takes us back to the dawn of Fitzgerald's recording career -- a time when she still had some growing and

Overview

No one can accuse Ella Fitzgerald of having a short career; the singer was only 18 when she started recording in 1935, and she was 69 when she recorded her final album, All That Jazz, in 1989. Early Ella: 1935-1940 takes us back to the dawn of Fitzgerald's recording career -- a time when she still had some growing and developing to do and her singing was still a bit nasal. It wasn't until the mid-'40s that she really blossomed as a vocalist. Nonetheless, Fitzgerald was quite popular during the Swing Era, and these pre-bebop recordings (many of them with Chick Webb's big band) demonstrate that her early work could be enjoyably charming. Assembled for Allegro's Jazz Legends series in 2003, Early Ella is a big improvement over the jazz collections that Allegro released on the low-budget Columbia River label -- some of which were plagued by a total absence of recording dates and personnel. But that isn't a problem on Early Ella, and the person who can take much of the credit for that is jazz critic Scott Yanow. Allegro has used Yanow as a consultant on the Jazz Legends series; in addition to writing the CD's liner notes, Yanow picked the 21 tracks, and his choices are good ones. Performances of "Stairway to the Stars," "My Melancholy Baby" and other standards paint an attractive, if imperfect, picture of Fitzgerald's formative years. Yanow usually avoids novelty songs -- that is, unless it's something historically important like the 1938 hit "A Tisket, A-Tasket." Early Ella isn't for those who have only a casual interest in Fitzgerald's legacy; again, she had yet to reach her creative peak when these 1935-1940 recordings were made. But the singer's more seasoned fans will find this CD to be a likable overview of her early output.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
Label:
Jazz Legends
UPC:
0723724522121
catalogNumber:
2001

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Kirby   Bass,Tuba
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Benny Morton   Trombone
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Edgar Sampson   Alto Saxophone
Chick Webb   Drums
Mario Bauzá   Trumpet
Bill Beason   Drums
Jerry Blake   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Garvin Bushell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Wayman Carver   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Pete Clark   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Fulford   Piano
John Haughton   Trombone
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Claude Jones   Trombone
George Matthews   Trombone
Beverly Peer   Bass
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Piano
Irving "Mouse" Randolph   Trumpet
Sam Simmons   Tenor Saxophone
Lennie Stanfield   Bass
Joe Steele   Piano
Nat Story   Trombone
John Trueheart   Banjo,Guitar
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Bobby Stark   Trumpet
Chauncey Houghton   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bobby Johnson   Guitar

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Artie Shaw   Composer
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Sy Oliver   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Van Alexander   Composer
Trummy Young   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Eddy Howard   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Kenneth Harrison   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Ernie Burnett   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Paul Madison   Composer
Marion Sunshine   Composer
Lucy Fletcher   Composer
Charles Warfield   Composer
Artie Quenzer   Composer
Haven Johnson   Composer

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