The Best of the Songbooks

( 5 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Simply a grand and eloquent performance put together by Verve records highlighting the best years of Ella Fitzgerald -- that sassy, charming legendary singer in jazz. The Best of the Songbooks features a captivating lineup of some of jazz's greatest composers and arrangers. It is here that Fitzgerald records and sings songs of Cole Porter, Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and Johnny Mercer. Presented first is a rousing and captivating rendition of "Something's Gotta Give," a jazzed up, high stepping tune just right for finger snapping, with "enough brass to propel her across the finish line." Blazing up the tune, Fitzgerald soon melts ...
See more details below
CD
$6.99
BN.com price
(Save 41%)$11.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (18) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $5.99   
  • Used (13) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Simply a grand and eloquent performance put together by Verve records highlighting the best years of Ella Fitzgerald -- that sassy, charming legendary singer in jazz. The Best of the Songbooks features a captivating lineup of some of jazz's greatest composers and arrangers. It is here that Fitzgerald records and sings songs of Cole Porter, Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and Johnny Mercer. Presented first is a rousing and captivating rendition of "Something's Gotta Give," a jazzed up, high stepping tune just right for finger snapping, with "enough brass to propel her across the finish line." Blazing up the tune, Fitzgerald soon melts the engaging listener's heart with the heartwarming ballad "Love is Here to Stay." Perhaps the most challenging and appealing number from the Berlin songbook, "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," is sung most effectively, racing through with a sense of dignified grace like a master storyteller. After a dreamy ballad, Fitzgerald would usually close the set with the haunting "Miss Otis Regrets" as an encore, remaining one of her most requested songs. No other song brings to light her ability to glide into a song as the opening of "'S Wonderful," on which Fitzgerald adds a Charleston-era slang with great charisma in the verse. Cole Porter's "Love for Sale" is credibly one of her most haunting tunes, featuring a musician's muted trumpets that set the stage for higher-quality adult music with more passionate and sensual substance. Always a crowd favorite, Ella Fitzgerald shines with an enchanting rendition of "They Can't Take That Away From Me." The melody on "Midnight Sun" melts with the gripping sound of session musician Riddle, never taking away the poignancy of this work. Then there's other classics such as "Hooray for Love" and the flashy "Cotton Tail" to tingle and tickle the listener's fancy. This collection brings forth a sparkling blend of both Ella Fitzgerald, the lady and voice, and captures her spirit and ambiance with a perfect balance of up-tempo brass band hits and soft ballads. This songbook series is ensured to be a compelling and gratifying collection foretelling her legacy for some time to come. Originally, more than two hundred songs written by America's greatest 20th century composers were chosen to represent Ella Fitzgerald in a series. The Best of the Songbooks highlights that work. This is highly recommended and is sure to put a smile on the faces of the most novice and discriminating listeners. ~ Shawn Haney
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1993
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731451980428
  • Catalog Number: 519804
  • Sales rank: 23,114

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Bob Cooper Tenor Saxophone
Buddy DeFranco Clarinet
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Ray Nance Trumpet
Ted Nash Alto Saxophone
Paul Smith Piano
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Willie Cook Trumpet
Jimmy Woode Bass
Buddy Bregman Conductor
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Larry Bunker Vibes
Harry Carney Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry Trumpet
John Collins Guitar
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Duke Ellington Piano
Frank Flynn Vibes
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Al Hendrickson Guitar
Joe Mondragon Bass
Nelson Riddle Conductor
John Sanders Trombone
Stuff Smith Violin
Alvin Stoller Drums
Paul Weston Conductor
Sam Woodyard Drums
Technical Credits
Buddy Bregman Arranger
Norman Granz Producer
Michael Lang Compilation Supervisor
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Phil Schaap Remastering
Jon Schapiro Contributor
Val Valentin Engineer
Paul Weston Arranger
Andrew Nicholas Mastering
Suha Gur Mastering
Geoffrey Mark Fidelman Liner Notes
Chris Thompson Art Direction
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(5)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Collection

    This is the first time that I have purchased any Ella Fitzgerald music. What a great collection to start with. Great music to relax to. Can't wait to sit on my patio, sipping tea and listening to this mellow music.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great songs

    The songs and sound quality are great. I love this woman's voice. There are so many big hits here. Play all the samples

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I agree!

    This album is awesome! I've had it for quite a while and still listen to it. Most albums you wear out after the first 2 weeks or so and have to take a break for a while. Not this one. I've been going on it for a year now and I'm still not in need of a break! Isn't Ella great?!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitely THE BEST of songbooks

    This has got to be the best collection of classic jazz hits, performed by the Queen of Jazz. Every selection provides a finger popping, foot stomping environs for listeners of all ages. A DEFINITE BEST OF SONGBOOK. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this title.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews