The Best of the Concert Years: Trios & Quartets

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Here is an intelligently sequenced compilation covering recordings that the great jazz singer made over a 30-year span for Norman Granz. Instead of the expected hodgepodge of tracks frantically jumping around from one concert to another, Pablo's Fantasy custodians wrap up things in four extended sequences, one from each decade. First are a pair of numbers in the acoustically suspect Santa Monica Civic Auditorium circa 1972 "Night and Day," "Little White Lies", where Fitzgerald has a wobble in her voice but never stops swinging for a second with the Tommy Flanagan Trio. Then it doubles back to a JATP gig in Tokyo in 1953, and a younger, smoother, almost bel canto ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Here is an intelligently sequenced compilation covering recordings that the great jazz singer made over a 30-year span for Norman Granz. Instead of the expected hodgepodge of tracks frantically jumping around from one concert to another, Pablo's Fantasy custodians wrap up things in four extended sequences, one from each decade. First are a pair of numbers in the acoustically suspect Santa Monica Civic Auditorium circa 1972 "Night and Day," "Little White Lies", where Fitzgerald has a wobble in her voice but never stops swinging for a second with the Tommy Flanagan Trio. Then it doubles back to a JATP gig in Tokyo in 1953, and a younger, smoother, almost bel canto Fitzgerald -- then still under contract to pop-minded Decca -- emerges in "Body and Soul" and "My Funny Valentine." But the swinging, joyful Fitzgerald isn't far away in "Why Don't You Do Right?" and the virtuosic scat display on "Oh Lady, Be Good" she even does a deadly accurate impression of humming bassist Slam Stewart. With the Jimmy Jones Trio -- anchored by Duke Ellington's unstoppably swinging drummer Sam Woodyard -- Fitzgerald visits Carnegie Hall in 1967, skipping playfully through "It's Only a Paper Moon" and "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," while a moody vocalise treatment of Billy Strayhorn's "Day Dream" wipes everyone out. Finally it's Fitzgerald back in Tokyo in 1983 with her regular Paul Smith Trio and what a difference 30 years makes; the voice is deeper, less flexible, and fraying at the end of phrases. Unaltered, though, is the sheer joy of singing that is sensed in an exuberantly scatted "All of Me." As a single-disc summary of Fitzgerald's work fronting intimate chamber groups in concert, this is a good bet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • Label: Pablo
  • UPC: 025218044127
  • Catalog Number: 2405441
  • Sales rank: 160,423

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
Herb Ellis Guitar
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Ed Thigpen Drums
Bob Cranshaw Bass
Keter Betts Bass
Ray Brown Bass
J.C. Heard Drums
Jimmy Jones Piano
Ray Tunia Piano
Sam Woodyard Drums
Bobby Durham Drums
Paul Smith Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Henry Creamer Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
John Latouche Composer
Joe McCoy Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Val Valentin Engineer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Ann Ronell Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Robert Sour Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
Seymour Simons Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Andrew Velez Liner Notes
Billy Rose Composer
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