Something to Live For

Something to Live For

by Ella Fitzgerald


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Something to Live For

The most effective way of taking in the full impact of Ella Fitzgerald's exquisite artistry may be to hear her in unadorned surroundings. On "But Not For Me," "Misty," and "Angel Eyes" -- three highlights, among many, on this double-disc companion to an upcoming PBS salute to Fitzgerald -- Ella is accompanied by piano on the first two selections, a single guitar on the latter. The gorgeous tonal quality of Fitzgerald's voice, her subtle, satisfying improvisations, her supple rhythmic sense, and her unaffected way with a lyric are all displayed to thrilling advantage. Yet the same singer who needed nothing more than discreet accompaniment to turn in a compelling performance, could also ride the fuller currents of a jazz combo, a big band, or a well-stocked studio orchestra with powerful grace. No matter the setting or material, Ella made it all swing like no other jazz vocalist ever has. Ballads ("Round Midnight," "Body and Soul," "Something to Live For"), mid-tempo cruisers ("Midnight Sun," "You Showed Me the Way," "Goody, Goody"), dashing swingers ("How High the Moon," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Airmail Special") -- each number is sparked with a vitality and confidence that fairly bursts from the jazz diva. If you're a Fitzgerald fan (as every lover of jazz and/or popular singing should be), SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR will send you back to the multitudes of Fitzgerald albums you already cherish; for neophyte listeners, this well-chosen set is a great place to develop a necessary Fitzgerald obsession.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/1999
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731454780025
catalogNumber: 547800

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist
Bob Cooper   Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Illinois Jacquet   Tenor Saxophone
Louis Jordan   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Ted Nash   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Bud Shank   Alto Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano,Celeste
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Arnold Ross   Piano
Chick Webb   Drums
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Bob Johnson   Guitar
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Connie Kay   Drums
Mario Bauzá   Trumpet
Bill Beason   Drums
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass
Garvin Bushell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Wayman Carver   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Pete Clark   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Tommy Fulford   Piano
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
George Russell   Conductor
Leonard Graham   Trumpet
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Alto Saxophone,Woodwind
Norm Herzberg   Bassoon
Milt Holland   Percussion
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Joe Koch   Woodwind
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Jack Marsh   Bassoon
Teddy McRae   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Beverly Peer   Bass
Dorothy Remsen   Harp
Mischa Russell   Cornemeuse
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Nat Story   Trombone
John Trueheart   Guitar
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Bert Gassman   Oboe
Sylvia Ruderman   Flute
Clint Neagley   Alto Saxophone
Arnold Koblentz   Oboe
Abe Luboff   Bass
Martin Ruderman   Flute
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Chick Webb & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Frank DeVol & His Orchestra   Conductor
Bobby Stark   Trumpet
Joe Howard   Trombone
Kenneth Lowman   Bassoon
Ernest Romersa   Woodwind
Philip Stephens   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Arranger,Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Hank Jones   Composer
Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Van Alexander   Arranger,Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
George Russell   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Frank DeVol & His Orchestra   Arranger
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Hughie Cannon   Composer

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