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All Music Guide - John Bush
An appearance in Hollywood for a first-rate jazz vocalist was not necessarily an opportunity to broadcast your visage and pander to everyone from Tacoma to Tallahassee. It could also include a date at the Crescendo, the Sunset Strip's best chance to find premier jazz. Gene Norman's nightclub hosted dozens of jazz legends (and a comic or two), and produced more than its share of excellent LPs recorded on location. Better even than Mel Tormé's 1954 classic, the Ella Fitzgerald LP that resulted from her May 1961 appearances generated one of the best (and certainly most underrated) live records in her discography -- and almost 50 years later, it became a reissue event including a four-disc box set plus this single-disc distillation. The Best of Twelve Nights in Hollywood includes 13 of the 75 songs from the box, plus an exclusive version of "Take the 'A' Train." All of Fitzgerald's hallmarks (technical wizardry, breakneck scatting, irrepressible humor and warmth) are on full display, with a small but expressive quartet backing her performance, including pianist Lou Levy, guitarist Herb Ellis, drummer Gus Johnson, and bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2010
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602527323299
  • Catalog Number: 001399502

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist
Herb Ellis Guitar
Paul Smith Piano
Stan Levey Drums
Lou Levy Piano
Gus Johnson Drums
Wilfred Middlebrooks Bass
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Ella Fitzgerald Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Van Alexander Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Jimmy Dorsey Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Paul Mertz Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Lee Gaines Composer
Bart Forbes Cover Illustration
Seth Foster Mastering
Peter de Rose Composer
Philip Manning Layout
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