The Diva Series

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Ella Fitzgerald's entry in the Verve Diva Series is a 16-track compilation that selects tracks from the first three decades of her recording career. Beginning with 1938's smash hit "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," the disc covers her hot and swinging big-band days in the late '30s and early '40s through her triumphant songbook records of the 1950s. The tracks compiled here include some of the songs that she made her own, like "Oh, Lady Be Good," "You'll Have to Swing It Mr. Paganini, Pts. 1-2," "How High the Moon," and the song she shares with Bobby Darin, "Mack the Knife," as well as lots of other great songs. There is a cornucopia of Ella collections to choose from; this one is not ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Ella Fitzgerald's entry in the Verve Diva Series is a 16-track compilation that selects tracks from the first three decades of her recording career. Beginning with 1938's smash hit "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," the disc covers her hot and swinging big-band days in the late '30s and early '40s through her triumphant songbook records of the 1950s. The tracks compiled here include some of the songs that she made her own, like "Oh, Lady Be Good," "You'll Have to Swing It Mr. Paganini, Pts. 1-2," "How High the Moon," and the song she shares with Bobby Darin, "Mack the Knife," as well as lots of other great songs. There is a cornucopia of Ella collections to choose from; this one is not essential, but does serve as a nice introduction to Ella's early years and peak '50s years, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 044006520322
  • Catalog Number: 065203

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist
Louie Bellson Drums
Will Bradley Trombone
Buddy Collette Woodwind
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Al Grey Trombone
Jim Hall Guitar
Bill Holman Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Louis Jordan Alto Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Mel Lewis Drums
Ted Nash Alto Saxophone, Woodwind
Oscar Peterson Piano
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Bud Shank Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Byrne Trombone
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen Tenor Saxophone, Valve Trombone
Bob Haggart Bass
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Stan Levey Drums
Lou Levy Piano
Matty Matlock Woodwind
Babe Russin Woodwind
Chick Webb Drums
Stan Freeman Piano
Van Alexander Trumpet
Frank deVol Conductor
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Med Flory Baritone Saxophone
Al Porcino Trumpet
Israel Baker Violin
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Mario Bauzá Trumpet
Max Bennett Bass
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Milt Bernhart Trombone
John Best Trumpet
Sandy Block Bass
Ray Brown Bass
Mort Bullman Trombone
Garvin Bushell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ernie Caceres Baritone Saxophone
Wayman Carver Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Comfort Bass
Sid Cooper Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Alvin Dinkin Viola
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Walter Edelstein Violin
Morey Feld Drums
Tommy Fulford Piano
Chuck Gentry Woodwind
James Getzoff Violin
Benny Gill Violin
Chris Griffin Trumpet
Dick Jacobs Tenor Saxophone
Gus Johnson Drums
Kathyrine Julye Harp
John Kitzmiller Tuba
Harry Klee Woodwind
Manny Klein Trumpet
Joe Koch Woodwind
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Ellis Larkins Piano
Joe Mondragon Bass
Marty Paich Conductor
George Matthews Trombone
Dave McRae Baritone Saxophone
Teddy McRae Tenor Saxophone
Wilfred Middlebrooks Bass
George Neikrug Cello
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Dick Noel Trombone
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Beverly Peer Bass
Danny Perri Guitar
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Paul Robyn Viola
Nathan Ross Violin
Shorty Sherock Trumpet
Stuff Smith Violin
Marshall Sosson Violin
Alvin Stoller Drums
Nat Story Trombone
Fred Stulce Woodwind
Juan Tizol Valve Trombone
Gerald Vinci Violin
Champ Webb Woodwind
Paul Weston Conductor
Milt Yaner Alto Saxophone
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Alex Beller Violin
Victor Bay Violin
Murray Kellner Violin
Richard L. Noel Trombone
Kurt Reher Cello
Barbara Simons Viola
Andrew Ferretti Trumpet
Karl de Karske Bass Trombone
Dale McMickle Trumpet
Bob Peck Trumpet
Jack Satterfield Trombone
Sandy Williams Trombone
Frank Emilio Flynn Percussion
Tommy Pederson Trombone
Bobby Stark Trumpet
Elizabeth Greenschpoon Cello
William Schaefer Trombone
Paul Smith Piano
Bobby Johnson Guitar
Freddie Ohms Trombone
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Ella Fitzgerald Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Sy Oliver Arranger, Director
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Van Alexander Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Frank deVol Arranger
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin Composer
Jesse Greer Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
Raymond Klages Composer
Marty Paich Arranger
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Frank Paparelli Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Paul Weston Arranger, Contributor
Chick Webb & His Orchestra Contributor
Frank DeVol & His Orchestra Contributor
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra Contributor
Hollis King Art Direction
Kurt Lundvall Mastering
Sam Coslow Composer
Ralph Freed Composer
Frederick Hollander Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Alexander Gelfand Notes Editing
Sy Oliver's Orchestra Contributor
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Gary Kelley Illustrations
Bob Haggart & His Orchestra Contributor
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