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The Very Best of the Song Books

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Considered near the pinnacle of vocal jazz (along with Frank Sinatra's string of Capitol LPs), Ella Fitzgerald's eight Verve songbooks codified the canon of American Popular Song (uppercased) and continued to prove the best venue for learning what that phrase meant even 50 years after its genesis. (It's no wonder that the series even caused no less a figure than Ira Gershwin to amend the Constitution, so to speak, and suggest for Fitzgerald alone a few changes in the lyrics of his classics.) Despite their high pedigree, however, the songbooks are difficult to approach. Few of them shine much brighter than the others, and for a long period of the digital era they were ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Considered near the pinnacle of vocal jazz (along with Frank Sinatra's string of Capitol LPs), Ella Fitzgerald's eight Verve songbooks codified the canon of American Popular Song (uppercased) and continued to prove the best venue for learning what that phrase meant even 50 years after its genesis. (It's no wonder that the series even caused no less a figure than Ira Gershwin to amend the Constitution, so to speak, and suggest for Fitzgerald alone a few changes in the lyrics of his classics.) Despite their high pedigree, however, the songbooks are difficult to approach. Few of them shine much brighter than the others, and for a long period of the digital era they were available only in a gigantic box set or in radically altered reissues (the latter minus the remastering). That was rectified -- very gradually -- beginning in the late '90s, but The Very Best of the Song Books earns high marks because of how well it teases out the best material from the original 13 LPs. The Ella Fitzgerald version of these songs did not usually follow along with the standard versions of these fine old warhorses; her "Love for Sale" is surprisingly tender, and countless times she seems to follow a different trajectory with the notes she sings ("Where or When" is a perfect example). Meanwhile, the arrangers Buddy Bregman, Paul Weston, Nelson Riddle, and Billy May were unparalleled in their ability to spin new arrangements out of the occasional tired sheet. There's only one odd characteristic to The Very Best of the Song Books -- its length. It lasts only an hour-and-a-half, although it appears on two discs, which would allow room for more than an hour of additional music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517052383
  • Catalog Number: 000742302
  • Sales rank: 49,086

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Buddy Collette Flute, Woodwind
Bob Cooper English Horn, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Buddy DeFranco Clarinet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet
Herb Geller Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Billy May Conductor, Accompaniment
Ray Nance Trumpet
Ted Nash Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Bud Shank Flute, Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Willie Cook Trumpet
Ronnie Lang Alto Saxophone
Lou Levy Piano
Ray Linn Trumpet
Matty Matlock Woodwind
Abe Most Clarinet
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Jimmy Woode Bass
Buddy Bregman Conductor
Justin Gordon Woodwind
Corky Hale Harp
Felix Slatkin Concert Master
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Victor Arno Violin
John Audino Trumpet
Israel Baker Violin
Harold Baker Trumpet
Frank Beach Trumpet
Norman Benno Oboe
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Red Callender Tuba
Harry Carney Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
John Cave French Horn
Gene Cipriano Woodwind
Clark Terry Trumpet
Joe Comfort Bass
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Irving Cottler Drums
James A. Decker French Horn
Alvin Dinkin Viola
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Duke Ellington Piano
Walter Edelstein Violin
Gilbert Falco Trombone
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Gasselin Violin
Chuck Gentry Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Woodwind
James Getzoff Violin
Benny Gill Violin
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Milt Holland Glockenspiel
Kathyrine Julye Harp
Armand Karpoff Cello
Louis Kievman Viola
Harry Klee Flute, Woodwind
Manny Klein Trumpet
Joe Koch Woodwind
Ray Kramer Cello
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Cappy Lewis Trumpet
Dan Lube Violin
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Virginia Majewski Viola
Joe Mondragon Bass
Vito Mangano Trumpet
Wilfred Middlebrooks Bass
Dick Nash Trombone
George Neikrug Cello
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Erno Neufeld Violin
Dick Noel Trombone
Richard Perissi French Horn
George Price French Horn
Jimmy Priddy Trombone
Lou Raderman Violin
Emil Radocchia Percussion
Bill Richmond Drums
George Roberts Bass Trombone
Paul Robyn Viola
Nathan Ross Violin
Mischa Russell Concert Master
John Sanders Valve Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz Woodwind
George Seaberg Trumpet
Tommy Shepard Trombone
Shorty Sherock Trumpet
Paul Shure Violin
Stuff Smith Violin
Marshall Sosson Violin
David Sterkin Viola
Alvin Stoller Drums
Fred Stulce Woodwind
Juan Tizol Valve Trombone
Joe Triscari Trumpet
Lloyd Ulyate Trombone
Gerald Vinci Violin
Champ Webb Woodwind
Paul Weston Conductor, Accompaniment
Sam Woodyard Drums
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Alex Beller Violin
William Hinshaw French Horn
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Victor Bay Violin
Stanley Harris Viola
Murray Kellner Violin
Kurt Reher Cello
Eudice Shapiro Violin
Barbara Simons Viola
Lloyd W. Hildebrand Bassoon
Arnold Koblentz Oboe
Joseph Livoti Violin
Karl de Karske Bass Trombone
Dale McMickle Trumpet
Joe Stepansky Violin
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Accompaniment
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra Accompaniment
Frank Emilio Flynn Percussion, Drums
Carroll Lewis Trumpet
Howard Terry Bassoon
Sidney Sharp Violin
Tommy Pederson Trombone
Joe Howard Trombone
Maurice Stein Alto Saxophone
James Arkatov Cello
Veryle Brilhart Harp
Elizabeth Greenschpoon Cello
Jule Kinzler Flute
Seymour Schoneberg Oboe
Alex Neimann Viola
William Schaefer Trombone
William Smith Woodwind
Buddy Bregman & Orchestra Accompaniment
Robert Bain Guitar
Paul "Scooby" Smith Piano
John McClanian Best Jr. Trumpet
Henry Hill Violin
George Clinton Smith Clarinet
Robert LaMarchina Cello
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Billy May Arranger
Irving Mills Composer
Buddy Bregman Arranger
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Norman Granz Producer, Audio Production
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Cole Porter Composer
Billy Strayhorn Arranger, Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Paul Weston Arranger
James Gavin Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Jim Salvati Illustrations
Jayme Pieruzzi Mastering
Paul "Scooby" Smith Arranger
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