The Legendary, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The second in a five-volume series from the obscure British label Acrobat, The Legendary, Vol. 2 concentrates on the series of mid-'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 the Chick Webb features "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" one of the biggest hits of her career and "I Want to Be Happy," plus a few sides recorded with Fitzgerald heading a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The second in a five-volume series from the obscure British label Acrobat, The Legendary, Vol. 2 concentrates on the series of mid-'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 the Chick Webb features "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" one of the biggest hits of her career and "I Want to Be Happy," plus a few sides recorded with Fitzgerald heading a small group Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight of Webb sidemen. 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: 824046510725
  • Catalog Number: 107
  • Sales rank: 321,645

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
Taft Jordan Trumpet, Vocals
Chick Webb Drums
Mario Bauzá Trumpet
Garvin Bushell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Wayman Carver Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Pete Clark Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Fulford Piano
Chauncey Horton Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
George Matthews Trombone
Teddy McRae Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Beverly Peer Bass
Nat Story Trombone
John Trueheart Banjo, Guitar
Elmer "Skippy" Williams Tenor Saxophone
Sandy Williams Trombone
Bobby Stark Trumpet
Bobby Johnson Guitar
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Walter Bishop Jr. Composer
Ella Fitzgerald Composer
Larry Clinton Composer
Chick Webb Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Van Alexander Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
J.C. Johnson Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Peter Gamble Liner Notes
Clifford Grey Composer
Peter Tinturin Composer
Kay Werner Composer
Keith Woods Illustrations
Sue Werner Composer
Emma La Freniere Composer
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