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Very Best of the Harold Arlen Song Book
     

The Very Best of the Harold Arlen Song Book

by Ella Fitzgerald
 
Harold Arlen was one of the most varied compositional talents of the early 20th century. A fan of blues and jazz who often wrote movie or Broadway songs to boot, he penned the ultimate down-in-the-depths saloon song, "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)," as well as the eternal optimist's anthem "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," and his work included serious

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Harold Arlen was one of the most varied compositional talents of the early 20th century. A fan of blues and jazz who often wrote movie or Broadway songs to boot, he penned the ultimate down-in-the-depths saloon song, "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)," as well as the eternal optimist's anthem "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," and his work included serious subjects like "Stormy Weather" alongside The Wizard of Oz. When Ella Fitzgerald decided to make Arlen the subject of her sixth songbook, she made sure to include more than two dozen of Arlen's songs (it ended up a two-LP set). The Very Best of the Harold Arlen Song Book reprises 12 of those performances for those wishing to test the waters; it includes, of course, her versions of his major standards ("Stormy Weather," "That Old Black Magic," "Blues in the Night," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "I've Got the World on a String") with arrangements by Billy May, one of swing's best arrangers and conductors. Best of all is "Over the Rainbow," on which Ella adds a few rarely performed verses.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517314207
catalogNumber:
000914202

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Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Billy May   Conductor
Lou Levy   Piano
Justin Gordon   Woodwind
Israel Baker   Violin
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Jules Jacob   Woodwind
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Louis Kievman   Viola
Ray Kramer   Cello
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Dan Lube   Violin
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Lou Raderman   Violin
Emil Richards   Vibes
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Nathan Ross   Violin
Mischa Russell   Violin
Wilbur Schwartz   Woodwind
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Joe Triscari   Trumpet
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Murray Kellner   Violin
Richard L. Noel   Trombone
Henry Beau   Woodwind
Joe Stepansky   Violin
Veryle Brilhart   Harp
Benito Gil   Violin
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Piano

Technical Credits

Billy May   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Norman Granz   Audio Production
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Richard Seidel   Producer
Harry Weinger   Producer
James Gavin   Liner Notes
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ted Koehler   Composer

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