Ken Burns Jazz

Ken Burns Jazz

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by Ella Fitzgerald
     
 
Ella Fitzgerald was too frightened to dance at her first public audition. She managed to sing to the crowd instead, and that was the start of a career that eventually made her the most popular vocalist jazz has ever known. She went from being the "girl singer" in Chick Webb's great orchestra in the Thirties to fronting that band, and then to adapting to the changes in

Overview

Ella Fitzgerald was too frightened to dance at her first public audition. She managed to sing to the crowd instead, and that was the start of a career that eventually made her the most popular vocalist jazz has ever known. She went from being the "girl singer" in Chick Webb's great orchestra in the Thirties to fronting that band, and then to adapting to the changes in jazz in the Forties. But when she was signed by Norman Granz in 1956, her career as artist began. Her limitless flexibility of timbre and surety of timing were brought to the fore - abetted by her great gift for vocal improvisation. For decades she sang before small groups and great orchestras, always putting at the forefront America's greatest export: the songs of Arlen, Ellington, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, et al.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
With cooperation from the Verve and Columbia Legacy catalogs, the Ken Burns Jazz series on CD individually spotlights the musical excellence of 22 jazz originators whose careers and influence are explored in Burns' PBS documentary Jazz. It's quite a stretch to compile the roughly seven-decade career of Ella Fitzgerald in 18 tracks, though this collection does an admirable job. The highlights start in 1938 with the Chick Webb Orchestra on "A-Tisket A-Tasket" and "Vote for Mr. Rhythm," and continue with one track from the '40s ("Flying Home") and eight tracks from the '50s (including her essential interpretations from the great American songbook and a duet with Louis Armstrong). The disc concludes with highlights from the early '60s, including "Mack the Knife," "How High the Moon," and "Shiny Stockings," a Count Basie date on Verve. While it's impossible to sum up the history of Ella on a single disc, the highlights on Ken Burns Jazz should make the novice listener interested enough to continue searching out more material. Taken in that context, this compilation performs its function; however, it contains nothing for aficionados.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454908726
catalogNumber:
549087
Rank:
59791

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bill Doggett   Organ
Count Basie   Piano
Louie Bellson   Drums
Bob Cooper   Clarinet,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Herb Geller   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Urbie Green   Trombone
Jim Hall   Guitar
Illinois Jacquet   Tenor Saxophone
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Louis Jordan   Alto Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
John Kirby   Bass
Grover Mitchell   Trombone
Ted Nash   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bud Shank   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Stan Levey   Drums
Lou Levy   Piano
Matty Matlock   Woodwind
Sy Oliver   Conductor
Babe Russin   Woodwind
Chick Webb   Drums
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Justin Gordon   Woodwind
Corky Hale   Harp
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Moe Wechsler   Piano
Connie Kay   Drums
Aarons   Trumpet
Louis Armstrong   Vocals
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Mario Bauzá   Trumpet
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Bill Beason   Drums
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
John Best   Trumpet
Sandy Block   Bass
Ray Brown   Bass
Garvin Bushell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Wayman Carver   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Catlett   Bass
Pete Clark   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Henry Coker   Trombone
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Sid Cooper   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Eric Dixon   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Harold Feldman   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Fulford   Piano
Chuck Genduso   Trumpet
Chuck Gentry   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Woodwind
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Gus Johnson   Drums
Claude Jones   Trombone
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Irv Kluger   Drums
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Ellis Larkins   Piano
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Joe Mondragon   Bass
George Matthews   Trombone
Teddy McRae   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Wilfred Middlebrooks   Bass
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Dick Noel   Trombone
Beverly Peer   Bass
Benny Powell   Trombone
Don Rader   Trumpet
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
Mischa Russell   Concert Master
Wilbur Schwartz   Woodwind
Stuff Smith   Violin
Joe Steele   Piano
Nat Story   Trombone
Fred Stulce   Woodwind
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Joe Triscari   Trumpet
John Trueheart   Guitar
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Vic Schoen   Conductor
Frank Wess   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hy White   Guitar
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Kaufman   Alto Saxophone
William Pritchard   Trombone
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Arnold Fishkind   Bass
Bobby Stark   Trumpet
Joe Howard   Trombone
Felix Giobbe   Bass
Sid Rubin   Tenor Saxophone
Louis Ruggiero   Trumpet
Ray Charles Singers   Choir, Chorus
William Schaefer   Trombone
Bobby Johnson   Guitar
Robert LaMarchina   Cello

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Philip Bailey   Liner Notes
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Chick Webb   Composer
Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Van Alexander   Arranger
Ken Burns   Executive Producer
Didier C. Deutsch   Discographical Information
Frank Foster   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Liner Notes
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Vic Schoen   Arranger
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Pat Sweeting   Business Consultant
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ben Young   Discographical Information
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Siegel   Composer
Carlos Kase   Discographical Information
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Clare Walker   Packaging Manager
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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