Our Love Is Here to Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin

Our Love Is Here to Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin

by Ella Fitzgerald


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By no means does this CD contain all of the Gershwin that Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong recorded together for Norman Granz, nor is it entirely an Ella/Louis album. Rather, it is a hopscotch yet nevertheless unified sampler of the Verve Gershwin archive, ingratiatingly programmed so that Ella and Louis sing together, trade off solo renditions, and remind us of their inimitable personalities at all times. All three albums that Ella and Louis made together are represented -- the richest lode of Gershwin, Porgy & Bess, is summarized in a mere four cuts -- and Ella's Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book and Louis Armstrong's Meets Oscar Peterson round out the original sources. While the backing ranges in size from the intimate Peterson quartet to the lush forces of Russ Garcia and Nelson Riddle, Granz's distinct, dry recorded sound unifies the package; the set ends with a galaxy of horn legends backing a wildly improvising Ella in a live 1957 take of "Oh, Lady Be Good." Nothing rare here -- everything has been reissued on CD in multiple editions -- but it's nice to have these tracks in one compact package.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/1998
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731453967922
catalogNumber: 539679
Rank: 76454

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Louie Bellson   Drums
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Illinois Jacquet   Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Rich   Drums
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Russell Garcia   Conductor
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Brown   Bass
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Alvin Stoller   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Russell Garcia   Arranger
Norman Granz   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Chika Azuma   Art Direction
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Jim Macnie   Liner Notes
Esther Bell Watson   Illustrations

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Our Love Is Here to Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great listening
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