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Mack the Knife: The Complete Ella in Berlin
     

Mack the Knife: The Complete Ella in Berlin

by Ella Fitzgerald
 

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Ella Fitzgerald was at the peak of her form during her 1960 tour of Europe. Her Berlin concert is most remembered for her hilariously inventive version of "Mack the Knife," during which she forgot the words and substituted ones of her own that somehow fit, amazing herself in the process. In addition to the original LP program, this CD has two previously unissued

Overview

Ella Fitzgerald was at the peak of her form during her 1960 tour of Europe. Her Berlin concert is most remembered for her hilariously inventive version of "Mack the Knife," during which she forgot the words and substituted ones of her own that somehow fit, amazing herself in the process. In addition to the original LP program, this CD has two previously unissued titles and a pair of others only briefly released on a very rare LP. With fine support from her quartet (pianist Paul Smith, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks, and drummer Gus Johnson), Fitzgerald is brilliant throughout the well-rounded set, with highlights including "Misty" (a version very different from Sarah Vaughan's), "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Too Darn Hot," and a scat-filled "How High the Moon." This is essential music. [A bonus track version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1993
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731451956423
catalogNumber:
519564
Rank:
52691

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Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jim Hall   Guitar
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Paul Smith   Piano
Gus Johnson   Drums
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Wilfred Middlebrooks   Bass
Alvin Stoller   Drums

Technical Credits

Erroll Garner   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes
Peter Pullman   Contributor,Notes Editing
Phil Schaap   Reissue Producer
Suzanne Bender   Contributor
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Lutz Adam   Memorabilia
Nicky Davis   Director

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