Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Ella Fitzgerald's idea to sing the songbooks of major writers proved smart, savvy, and artful. By the time she began to record Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book in 1960, she had sung the songbooks of Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, and Irving Berlin. This relaxed and tastefully arranged set showcases Fitzgerald in her prime, confidently engaging 28 of Arlen's best songs. Familiar pieces like "One for My Baby" and "That Old Black Magic" make appearances, along with all-time classics like "Stormy Weather" and "Over the Rainbow." On this latter tune, she adds the front verses, an appealing addition that few will be familiar with. Billy May's orchestra lays down a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Ella Fitzgerald's idea to sing the songbooks of major writers proved smart, savvy, and artful. By the time she began to record Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book in 1960, she had sung the songbooks of Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, and Irving Berlin. This relaxed and tastefully arranged set showcases Fitzgerald in her prime, confidently engaging 28 of Arlen's best songs. Familiar pieces like "One for My Baby" and "That Old Black Magic" make appearances, along with all-time classics like "Stormy Weather" and "Over the Rainbow." On this latter tune, she adds the front verses, an appealing addition that few will be familiar with. Billy May's orchestra lays down a quiet mix of horns and strings that perfectly supports Fitzgerald on songs like "When the Sun Comes Out" and "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe." Four bonus tracks, including two alternative cuts, spice up the package. A particular oddity, "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead," converts surprisingly well into big-band jazz. The attractive CD set also includes the original album cover, an outline of a face drawn by Henri Matisse. Sings the Harold Alden Song Book is an exquisite album, a classic in vocal jazz, and one of Fitzgerald's best recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731458910824
  • Catalog Number: 589108
  • Sales rank: 269,689

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
Herb Ellis Guitar
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Billy May Conductor
Lou Levy Piano
Justin Gordon Woodwind
Israel Baker Violin
Frank Beach Trumpet
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Alvin Dinkin Viola
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Jacques Gasselin Violin
Benny Gill Violin
Al Hendrickson Guitar
Jules Jacob Woodwind
Armand Karpoff Cello
Ray Kramer Cello
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Dan Lube Violin
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Virginia Majewski Viola
Joe Mondragon Bass
Wilfred Middlebrooks Bass
Erno Neufeld Violin
Lou Raderman Violin
Emil Richards Vibes
George Roberts Bass Trombone
Paul Robyn Viola
Nathan Ross Violin
Mischa Russell Violin
Wilbur Schwartz Woodwind
Marshall Sosson Violin
Alvin Stoller Drums
Gerald Vinci Violin
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Murray Kellner Violin
Richard L. Noel Trombone
Henry Beau Woodwind
Joe Stepansky Violin
Paul Andrew Smith Piano
Veryle Brilhart Harp
Technical Credits
Billy May Arranger
Walter Sheets Arranger
Doug Ramsey Liner Notes
Edward Jablonski Liner Notes
Cynthia Sesso Reissue Photo Research
Bryan Koniarz Reissue Producer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
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