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Gold [Universal]
     

Gold [Universal]

by Ella Fitzgerald
 
Careful perusal of Ella Fitzgerald's humongous discography reveals numerous references to metallurgy, including platinum, silver, and more than a dozen titles containing the word "gold." Released in 2007, Fitzgerald's double-disc entry in Verve's Gold series outshines most of the competition with 40 chronologically presented titles recorded between May 1938 and

Overview

Careful perusal of Ella Fitzgerald's humongous discography reveals numerous references to metallurgy, including platinum, silver, and more than a dozen titles containing the word "gold." Released in 2007, Fitzgerald's double-disc entry in Verve's Gold series outshines most of the competition with 40 chronologically presented titles recorded between May 1938 and October 1964. With disc one dedicated to her Deccas and disc two devoted to her Verves, this well-organized anthology of intelligently selected works is highly recommended as a definitive portrait of this archetypal vocalist whose improvisational abilities are legendary. Fitzgerald's early period is represented here by examples of her work with Chick Webb's Orchestra, the Ink Spots, the Delta Rhythm Boys and Louis Jordan's Tympany Five, a tight little group temporarily transformed into a hot calypso band for the notoriously outrageous and wickedly funny "Stone Cold Dead in the Market." Her further adventures as a Decca recording artist include comparatively well-behaved and sometimes sugary collaborations with Gordon Jenkins, the Song Spinners, Sy Oliver, and Ray Brown, in addition to her 1950 duet with Louis Armstrong, "Dream a Little Dream of Me." Appalled at what he regarded as Decca's lousy management of a gifted artist, producer Norman Granz proudly showcased Fitzgerald on his Verve and Pablo labels from 1956 throughout most of the remainder of her career. This fruitful business arrangement is documented here with examples from the Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer songbook projects; more friendly duets with Louis Armstrong, a Jazz at the Philharmonic jam on "Lady Be Good," and two classic cuts from her deservedly famous concert performance at the Berlin Deutschland Halle on February 13, 1960. Like its companion Dinah Washington volume in the series, Ella Fitzgerald's Decca/Verve Gold is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a definitive dose of her best work.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517414549
catalogNumber:
000951102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist
Russell Garcia   Conductor
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Piano

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Marc Blitzstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Charlie Christian   Composer
Arnett Cobb   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
George Shearing   Composer
Russell Garcia   Arranger
Moe Koffman   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Van Alexander   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Fabian André   Composer
Bob Bigelow   Composer
Mack Davis   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Author
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Wilbur Schwandt   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Kenny Jackson   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Jean-Pierre Leloir   Cover Photo,Inlay Photography
Sam Coslow   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Earl Brent   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Charles Bates   Composer
Rhoda Roberts   Composer
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes
Allan Roberts   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Betty Peterson   Composer
Sid Robin   Composer

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