The Very Best of the Irving Berlin Song Book

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All Music Guide - John Bush
At the top of the American songwriter pantheon, one finds George Gershwin and Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. But for someone whose songs meant so much to the world of the swinging sophisticate just take a gander at any of Fred Astaire's classic films with songs by Berlin, his songs were surprisingly simple -- but no less charming. The comparison of Berlin's songs to Astaire's dancing is made often, but the best of their material -- "Cheek to Cheek," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails," "Change Partners" -- was beautifully simplistic and approachable but revealed hidden subtleties and depths of technical mastery. Ella Fitzgerald, no stranger to ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
At the top of the American songwriter pantheon, one finds George Gershwin and Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. But for someone whose songs meant so much to the world of the swinging sophisticate just take a gander at any of Fred Astaire's classic films with songs by Berlin, his songs were surprisingly simple -- but no less charming. The comparison of Berlin's songs to Astaire's dancing is made often, but the best of their material -- "Cheek to Cheek," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails," "Change Partners" -- was beautifully simplistic and approachable but revealed hidden subtleties and depths of technical mastery. Ella Fitzgerald, no stranger to technical mastery herself, made Berlin the subject of an early song book, circa 1958, and found such riches that it became a two-LP set. The Very Best of the Irving Berlin Song Book presents less than half of that set, but does a good job of selecting the best material. Ella, along with arranger Paul Weston and Verve head Norman Granz, chose many songs that had not been popular, and would be revelations only to vocal fans. Best of the songs here are "Change Partners" and "Blue Skies," the latter with a surprise scat opening by Ella, one of her best on record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517314221
  • Catalog Number: 000914402
  • Sales rank: 40,725

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Barney Kessel Guitar
Ted Nash Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Gene Cipriano Woodwind
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Chuck Gentry Baritone Saxophone
Jack Ryan Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
Paul Weston Conductor
Paul "Scooby" Smith Piano
Julian "Matty" Matlock Clarinet
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Norman Granz Audio Production
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Richard Seidel Producer
Harry Weinger Producer
Paul Weston Arranger
James Gavin Liner Notes
Hollis King Art Direction
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