Ken Burns Jazz

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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 ...
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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454908726
  • Catalog Number: 549087
  • Sales rank: 52,037

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 "Sweets" 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
Al 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
The 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
Kevin Reeves Mastering
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
Al 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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