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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
On this four-CD set are some of Ella Fitzgerald's finest live performances during the years she was managed by Norman Granz. All of the material which is taken from ten different performances in 1953, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979 and 1983 was previously released on various Pablo albums. Since this is a best-of collection and was lovingly put together by the knowledgeable producer Eric Miller, the music is consistently rewarding and emphasizes the interpretive skills, scatting and jazz phrasing of the First Lady of Song. Although mostly backed by her trio/quartets of the period, Ella does get to jam "Perdido" with the 1953 JATP All-Stars, is backed by the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
On this four-CD set are some of Ella Fitzgerald's finest live performances during the years she was managed by Norman Granz. All of the material which is taken from ten different performances in 1953, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979 and 1983 was previously released on various Pablo albums. Since this is a best-of collection and was lovingly put together by the knowledgeable producer Eric Miller, the music is consistently rewarding and emphasizes the interpretive skills, scatting and jazz phrasing of the First Lady of Song. Although mostly backed by her trio/quartets of the period, Ella does get to jam "Perdido" with the 1953 JATP All-Stars, is backed by the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras on some songs and revisits "Flying Home" with an all-star group in 1983. The most remarkable performance is 1972's "C Jam Blues" which features Ella trading off remarkable musical jokes with Al Grey, Stan Getz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Roy Eldridge.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1994
  • Label: Pablo
  • UPC: 025218441421
  • Catalog Number: 4414
  • Sales rank: 197,522

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (1:58)
  2. 2 Body and Soul (4:07)
  3. 3 Why Don't You Do Right? (3:19)
  4. 4 Oh, Lady Be Good (2:56)
  5. 5 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (3:35)
  6. 6 How High the Moon (3:10)
  7. 7 My Funny Valentine (2:50)
  8. 8 Smooth Sailing (2:52)
  9. 9 The Frim Fram Sauce (3:10)
  10. 10 Perdido (6:14)
  11. 11 Imagine My Frustration (4:43)
  12. 12 Duke's Place (4:32)
  13. 13 Satin Doll (2:44)
  14. 14 Something to Live For (4:21)
  15. 15 So Danço Samba (Jazz Samba) (3:35)
  16. 16 Don't Be That Way (4:03)
  17. 17 You've Changed (4:07)
  18. 18 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (4:22)
  19. 19 On the Sunny Side of the Street (2:03)
  20. 20 Cotton Tail (5:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Night And Day (6:48)
  2. 2 The Many Faces of Cole Porter: Get Out of Town/Easy to Love/You Do ... (5:24)
  3. 3 The Ballad Medley: Body and Soul/The Man I Love/I Loves You Porgy (4:44)
  4. 4 The Bossa Scene: The Girl From Ipanema/Fly Me to the Moon/O Nosso Amor ... (5:37)
  5. 5 They Can't Take That Away From Me (4:14)
  6. 6 St. Louis Blues (3:01)
  7. 7 Love (2:22)
  8. 8 Begin The Beguine (4:12)
  9. 9 Indian Summer (4:24)
  10. 10 You've Got A Friend (5:02)
  11. 11 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (3:57)
  12. 12 Madalena (3:28)
  13. 13 Shiny Stockings (3:30)
  14. 14 I Can't Stop Loving You (5:20)
  15. 15 C Jam Blues (10:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sweet Georgia Brown (3:15)
  2. 2 They Can't Take That Away From Me (4:41)
  3. 3 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (2:52)
  4. 4 The Man I Love (8:22)
  5. 5 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (7:21)
  6. 6 Lemon Drop (3:47)
  7. 7 The Very Thought of You (4:14)
  8. 8 Happy Blues (5:56)
  9. 9 Caravan (2:19)
  10. 10 Satin Doll (2:37)
  11. 11 Teach Me Tonight (4:27)
  12. 12 Wave (5:01)
  13. 13 It's All Right With Me (2:48)
  14. 14 How High the Moon (7:18)
  15. 15 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do (5:42)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Too Close for Comfort (3:25)
  2. 2 I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues (4:06)
  3. 3 Day By Day (1:46)
  4. 4 Ordinary Fool (3:15)
  5. 5 Billie's Bounce (4:44)
  6. 6 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (1:46)
  7. 7 Make Me Rainbows (3:12)
  8. 8 After You've Gone (3:34)
  9. 9 'Round Midnight (4:21)
  10. 10 You've Changed (3:04)
  11. 11 Basella (10:00)
  12. 12 Manteca (2:30)
  13. 13 Willow Weep for Me (5:17)
  14. 14 All of Me (3:34)
  15. 15 Blue Moon (3:58)
  16. 16 Night And Day (3:37)
  17. 17 Flying Home (8:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
Herb Ellis Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Freddie Green Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Joe Pass Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Harry Carney Alto Saxophone, Saxophone
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Eric Dixon Alto Saxophone, Saxophone, Trombone
Jimmy Forrest Alto Saxophone, Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Alto Saxophone, Saxophone
Paul Gonsalves Alto Saxophone, Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton Alto Saxophone, Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone, Saxophone
Curtis Peagler Alto Saxophone, Saxophone
Bobby Plater Alto Saxophone, Saxophone
Russell Procope Alto Saxophone, Saxophone
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Danny Turner Alto Saxophone, Saxophone
Keter Betts Bass
Ray Brown Bass, Trumpet
Joe Comfort Bass
Bob Cranshaw Bass
Frank DeLaRosa Bass
John Lamb Bass
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Bass
Louie Bellson Drums
Bobby Durham Drums
Bobby Durham Drums
J.C. Heard Drums
Gus Johnson Drums
Rufus "Speedy" Jones Drums
Mickey Roker Drums
Ed Thigpen Drums
Sam Woodyard Drums
Count Basie Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Duke Ellington Performing Ensemble, Piano
Count Basie Piano
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Jimmy Jones Piano
Oscar Peterson Piano
Paul Smith Piano
Ray Tunia Piano
Kenny Hing Saxophone
Bub Hooks Saxophone
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Tenor Saxophone
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Chuck Conners Trombone
Chuck Connors Trombone
Buster Cooper Trombone
Al Grey Trombone
Bill Harris Trombone
Bill Hughes Trombone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Mel Wanzo Trombone
John Williams Trombone
Dennis Wilson Trombone
Mitchell Wood Trombone
Cat Anderson Trumpet
George Cohen Trumpet
Paul Cohen Trumpet
Harry Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Mercer Ellington Trumpet
Herb Jones Trumpet
Pete Minger Trumpet
Waymon Reed Trumpet
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Clark Terry Trumpet
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Technical Credits
Phil Carroll Art Direction
Angel Balestier Engineer
Dave Richards Engineer
Joe Tarantino Engineer
Val Valentin Engineer
Benny Green Liner Notes
Norman Granz Producer
Eric Miller Producer, Remixing
David Luke Remixing
Phil DeLancie Remixing
Tom Size Remixing
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