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Ella & Friends [GRP]
     

Ella & Friends [GRP]

by Ella Fitzgerald
 
This compilation of Ella Fitzgerald's early works with various bands is quite similar to the ASV collection Rhythm & Romance, sans Chick Webb and the obscurities. Most of the same featured confreres -- Louis Armstrong, the Ink Spots, Louis Jordan, the Delta Rhythm Boys, and

Overview

This compilation of Ella Fitzgerald's early works with various bands is quite similar to the ASV collection Rhythm & Romance, sans Chick Webb and the obscurities. Most of the same featured confreres -- Louis Armstrong, the Ink Spots, Louis Jordan, the Delta Rhythm Boys, and the Mills Brothers -- are here as well. These sessions are culled from old sides from the Decca label produced by the legendary Milt Gabler. But there are many different selections in different proportions, and overall more popular and well-recognized fare. It's a good companion piece to the ASV collection, and in a sense a better consolidation of groupings among the 20 sides chosen. Highlights include "Can Anyone Explain?" with Satchmo, "I'm Making Believe" alongside the Ink Spots, the classic "Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own" with Jordan, "It's Only a Paper Moon" as only Ella and the Rhythm Boys could do it, and "Fairy Tales" with the Mills Brothers. This CD is easily recommended, for fans and soon-to-be fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/1996
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0011105066327
catalogNumber:
663

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mills Brothers   Track Performer
Delta Rhythm Boys   Track Performer
Louis Jordan   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
George Wettling   Drums
Bill Davis   Piano
Ink Spots   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Dallas Bartley   Bass
Eddie Byrd   Drums
Carl Hogan   Guitar
Aaron Izenhall   Trumpet
Josh Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Shirley   Guitar
Jesse "Po" Simpkins   Bass
Deek Watson   Musician
Hy White   Guitar
Charlie Fuqua   Musician
Bill Kenny   Musician
Chris Columbus   Drums
Haig Stephens   Bass
Dave Barbour & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Sy Oliver's Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Eddie Bourne   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Haggart   Contributor
Sy Oliver   Contributor
Joel Dorn   Reissue Producer
Redd Evans   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Hy Heath   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Reissue Producer
John Lange   Composer
Billy Reid   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Jerry Dorn   Reissue Producer
Don Reid   Composer
Geoffrey Mark Fidelman   Liner Notes
Freddie Paloma   Art Direction
Hoffman   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Richard Loring   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
Joe Ricardel   Composer
Irving Taylor   Composer
Goodhart   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
William J. Rietz   Composer

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