Ella in Japan: 'S Wonderful

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Ella Fitzgerald had recorded live albums in venues ranging from Newport to Berlin to Hollywood when she and a quartet led by Roy Eldridge traveled to Japan in early 1964 for a series of concerts. Norman Granz, the former Verve head and current Fitzgerald manager who accompanied the musicians on their trip, recorded the concerts for release, but the tapes sat unissued in the Verve vaults -- a victim of the surplus of Ella material already recorded but not released -- for nearly 50 years, until the 2011 two-disc reissue Ella in Japan: 'S Wonderful. In the early '60s, Japan was thick with jazz fans, and crowds swarmed the Hibiya Kokaido Public Hall in Tokyo for the January 19 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Ella Fitzgerald had recorded live albums in venues ranging from Newport to Berlin to Hollywood when she and a quartet led by Roy Eldridge traveled to Japan in early 1964 for a series of concerts. Norman Granz, the former Verve head and current Fitzgerald manager who accompanied the musicians on their trip, recorded the concerts for release, but the tapes sat unissued in the Verve vaults -- a victim of the surplus of Ella material already recorded but not released -- for nearly 50 years, until the 2011 two-disc reissue Ella in Japan: 'S Wonderful. In the early '60s, Japan was thick with jazz fans, and crowds swarmed the Hibiya Kokaido Public Hall in Tokyo for the January 19 show that is included on the first disc. (The second disc includes a far more exclusive affair, recorded at a hotel a few days later.) Although another live album was recorded and released just a few short months after these shows (Ella at Juan-Les-Pins), the material has few overlaps. Ella is in fine form -- as usual, she turned up the candlepower in front of an audience -- personalizing Peggy Lee's "I Love Being Here with You" early in the program, and even singing in Japanese, to the delight of the crowd, during a stirring "'S Wonderful." The quartet, including Eldrige on trumpet plus pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Bill Yancey, and drummer Gus Johnson, are quite adept at sounding bigger than a four-piece, especially on Ella's saucy "Whatever Lola Wants." (Also, an instrumental mini-set of four tracks concludes the first disc.) Raiding the vaults can be a risky proposition, but here, as with the massive four-disc Twelve Nights in Hollywood compilation, fans of Fitzgerald specifically, or great jazz singing in general, will find a wealth of great material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527626758
  • Catalog Number: 001530502
  • Sales rank: 389,571

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cheek To Cheek (3:47)
  2. 2 Deep Purple (3:59)
  3. 3 Too Close For Comfort (2:20)
  4. 4 I Love Being Here With You (3:21)
  5. 5 Fly Me To the Moon (In Other Words) (3:00)
  6. 6 'S Wonderful (2:34)
  7. 7 I've Got You Under My Skin (2:59)
  8. 8 Hallelujah I Love Him So (2:38)
  9. 9 Misty (3:09)
  10. 10 Whatever Lola Wants (2:48)
  11. 11 Bill Bailey (3:43)
  12. 12 The Blues (Ella's Blues) (4:38)
  13. 13 'Round Midnight (3:20)
  14. 14 I Can't Get Started (4:39)
  15. 15 Undecided (6:43)
  16. 16 Jam Session (10:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cheek To Cheek (3:32)
  2. 2 Shiny Stockings (3:29)
  3. 3 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (4:31)
  4. 4 Bill Bailey (3:44)
  5. 5 Take the "A" Train (5:02)
  6. 6 Closing/a-Tisket, a-Tasket (0:38)
  7. 7 Ain't Misbehavin' - Arrow Jazz Orchestra (3:42)
  8. 8 My Last Affair - Arrow Jazz Orchestra (3:56)
  9. 9 Perdido - Arrow Jazz Orchestra (6:58)
  10. 10 Closing/a-Tisket, a-Tasket - Arrow Jazz Orchestra (0:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Gus Johnson Drums
Bill Yancey Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Peggy Lee Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Ella Fitzgerald Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Charlie Shavers Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Jerry Bock Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Frank Foster Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Richard Seidel Producer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Harry Weinger Executive Producer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Harry Brooks Composer
Bill Schluger Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
Hughie Cannon Composer
Michele Horie Producer
Larry Holofcener Composer
Haven Johnson Composer
Sid Robin Composer
Al Feldman Composer
Hans Lengsfelder Composer
George Weiss Composer
Marc Myers Liner Notes
Bart Howard Composer
Jo Almeida Photo Coordination
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