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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Verve originally released Ella Fitzgerald's Twelve Nights in Hollywood, drawn from performances at the Crescendo nightclub in 1961 and 1962, as a four-CD set in 2009. Now, the collection has been repackaged as two two-CD sets. On the third and fourth discs, Fitzgerald reveals herself as an engaged performer with a strong sense of communication with her audience. She takes requests, whether she can remember the lyrics or not. It doesn't matter, since she can improvise good words or just scat. She introduces ringside celebrities including Walter Winchell and Carl Reiner. When she spots songwriter Mack David, she spontaneously decides to perform his song "Candy," noting, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Verve originally released Ella Fitzgerald's Twelve Nights in Hollywood, drawn from performances at the Crescendo nightclub in 1961 and 1962, as a four-CD set in 2009. Now, the collection has been repackaged as two two-CD sets. On the third and fourth discs, Fitzgerald reveals herself as an engaged performer with a strong sense of communication with her audience. She takes requests, whether she can remember the lyrics or not. It doesn't matter, since she can improvise good words or just scat. She introduces ringside celebrities including Walter Winchell and Carl Reiner. When she spots songwriter Mack David, she spontaneously decides to perform his song "Candy," noting, "I hope I don't mess it up. That's the only ones that sell these days." She is thinking of her recent Top 40 hit version of "Mack the Knife," on which she went up on the words to delightful effect. "You're Driving Me Crazy" has an appropriately crazy arrangement, with tempo shifts galore, while "How High the Moon" typically serves as a platform for the album's most ambitious scatting. She borrows from Billie Holiday's repertoire for "Good Morning Heartache," providing a good example of the contrast in their styles; in Fitzgerald's reading, there isn't much heartache, but it's a powerful musical performance. Toward the end, she takes up the then-current fad for twisting before finishing with two versions of "Bill Bailey," in which she sings impressions of Sophie Tucker, Della Reese, Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong, and Dinah Washington. In other words, these shows are anything but formal jazz sessions. Rather, they represent an entertainer dedicated to entertaining by any means at hand, who also happens to have the best vocal jazz chops in the business.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2010
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602527405759
  • Catalog Number: 001439402
  • Sales rank: 15,059

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist
Herb Ellis Guitar
Lou Levy Piano
Gus Johnson Drums
Wilfred Middlebrooks Bass
Technical Credits
Steve Allen Composer
Marc Blitzstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
David Mann Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
Chick Webb Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Bob Bigelow Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Billy Byrd Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
John Latouche Composer
Teddy McRae Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Harry Weinger Executive Producer
Jack Yellen Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Seymour Simons Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Lee Gaines Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Einar A. Swan Composer
Joan Whitney Composer
Mack David Composer
Charles Bates Composer
Ted Fetter Composer
Kay Werner Composer
Alex Kramer Composer
Bart Forbes Cover Illustration
Seth Foster Mastering
Hughie Cannon Composer
Andrew Skurow Tape Vault Research
Billy Rose Composer
Sue Werner Composer
Henry J. Wood Composer
Peter de Rose Composer
Philip Manning Layout
Earl K. Brent Composer
Ballard McDonald Composer
Zilner Randloph Composer
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