The Legendary, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The first of a five-volume series from the obscure British label Acrobat, The Legendary, Vol. 1 concentrates on the series of late-'30s sides recorded by Ella Fitzgerald at the dawn of her career, usually fronting the Chick Webb Orchestra for an occasional vocal feature or appearing with a smaller studio band. While early on, Ella's superior talent at reading a song was evident only occasionally, the swing powerhouse that was the Webb band became the perfect vehicle for her extroverted talents. Highlights include "My Melancholy Baby" with Teddy Wilson, "Goodnight My Love" with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, and the Chick Webb features "When I Get Low I Get High" and "Sing Me a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The first of a five-volume series from the obscure British label Acrobat, The Legendary, Vol. 1 concentrates on the series of late-'30s sides recorded by Ella Fitzgerald at the dawn of her career, usually fronting the Chick Webb Orchestra for an occasional vocal feature or appearing with a smaller studio band. While early on, Ella's superior talent at reading a song was evident only occasionally, the swing powerhouse that was the Webb band became the perfect vehicle for her extroverted talents. Highlights include "My Melancholy Baby" with Teddy Wilson, "Goodnight My Love" with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, and the Chick Webb features "When I Get Low I Get High" and "Sing Me a Swing Song And Let Me Dance." For the collectors who want all of her material, there's the excellent chronological series on Classics, while listeners new to Ella will far prefer a less exhausting collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2002
  • Label: Acrobat
  • UPC: 824046510626
  • Catalog Number: 106
  • Sales rank: 334,938

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
The Mills Brothers Vocals
Benny Goodman Clarinet
John Kirby Bass
Gene Krupa Drums
Teddy Wilson Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Benny Morton Trombone
Vido Musso Tenor Saxophone
Frankie Newton Trumpet
Edgar Sampson Alto Saxophone
Chick Webb Drums
Bernard Addison Guitar
Red Ballard Trombone
Mario Bauzá Trumpet
Jerry Blake Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Wayman Carver Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Pete Clark Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Fulford Piano
Harry Goodman Bass
Gordon Griffin Trumpet
Claude Jones Trombone
Don Kirkpatrick Piano
Murray McEachern Trombone
Teddy McRae Tenor Saxophone, Baritone
Beverly Peer Bass
Allan Reuss Guitar
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Jess Stacy Piano
Lennie Stanfield Bass
Nat Story Trombone
John Trueheart Banjo, Guitar
Elmer "Skippy" Williams Tenor Saxophone
Bill DePew Alto Saxophone
Sandy Williams Trombone
Zeke Zarchy Trumpet
Technical Credits
Peter Gamble Liner Notes
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