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Very Best of the Rodgers and Hart Song Book
     

The Very Best of the Rodgers and Hart Song Book

by Ella Fitzgerald
 
After the initial impact of her first songbook venture (Cole Porter) in early 1956, Ella Fitzgerald returned to the studio quickly with the same arranger/conductor (Buddy Bregman) and recorded nearly three dozen songs from the pens of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Released just six months after the Porter volume, Sings the Rodgers

Overview

After the initial impact of her first songbook venture (Cole Porter) in early 1956, Ella Fitzgerald returned to the studio quickly with the same arranger/conductor (Buddy Bregman) and recorded nearly three dozen songs from the pens of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Released just six months after the Porter volume, Sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book confirmed that something special was afoot and just narrowly missed the Top Ten of the album charts. Fitzgerald's heavy musical skills were naturally pleasing to the reportedly finicky Rodgers, and her nearly endless reserves of buoyant optimism were an excellent complement to Hart's songs. The 2007 Verve compilation The Very Best of the Rodgers and Hart Song Book includes less than one out of three songs from the original, but it forms a solid introduction to what is arguably Fitzgerald's best work. It begins with a bang ("Lover"), reprises the best ballads ("My Funny Valentine," "Manhattan," "Where or When"), and includes three of the more downcast numbers from the Rodgers & Hart catalog ("It Never Entered My Mind," "Ten Cents a Dance," and "Little Girl Blue"). For those who don't have the confidence to spring for the full set, these 12 songs will probably convince them.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2007
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517052437
catalogNumber:
000742502

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Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Bob Cooper   Clarinet,English Horn,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Ted Nash   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bud Shank   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Abe Most   Clarinet
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Corky Hale   Harp
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Chuck Gentry   Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Milt Holland   Glockenspiel,Marimbas,Xylophone,Vibes
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Joe Mondragon   Bass
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
Mischa Russell   Concert Master
Willie Schwartz   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Arnold Koblentz   English Horn,Oboe
Joe Howard   Trombone
Maurice Stein   Alto Saxophone
Jule Kinzler   Flute
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Piano
Robert LaMarchina   Cello

Technical Credits

Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
James Gavin   Liner Notes
Hollis King   Art Direction
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Arranger

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