The Legendary, Vol. 2

The Legendary, Vol. 2

by Ella Fitzgerald


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The Legendary, Vol. 2

The second in a five-volume series from the obscure British label Acrobat, The Legendary, Vol. 2 concentrates on the series of mid-'30s sides recorded by Ella Fitzgerald at the dawn of her career, usually fronting the Chick Webb Orchestra for an occasional vocal feature or appearing with a smaller studio band. While early on, Ella's superior talent at reading a song was evident only occasionally, the swing powerhouse that was the Webb band became the perfect vehicle for her extroverted talents. Highlights include the Chick Webb features "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" (one of the biggest hits of her career) and "I Want to Be Happy," plus a few sides recorded with Fitzgerald heading a small group (Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight) of Webb sidemen. For the collectors who want all of her material, there's the excellent chronological series on Classics, while listeners new to Ella will far prefer a less exhausting collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2002
Label: Acrobat
UPC: 0824046510725
catalogNumber: 107

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Taft Jordan   Trumpet,Vocals
Chick Webb   Drums
Mario Bauzá   Trumpet
Garvin Bushell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Wayman Carver   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Pete Clark   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Fulford   Piano
Chauncey Horton   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
George Matthews   Trombone
Teddy McRae   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Beverly Peer   Bass
Nat Story   Trombone
John Trueheart   Banjo,Guitar
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Bobby Stark   Trumpet
Bobby Johnson   Guitar

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Walter Bishop   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Larry Clinton   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Van Alexander   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Peter Gamble   Liner Notes
Clifford Grey   Composer
Peter Tinturin   Composer
Kay Werner   Composer
Keith Woods   Illustrations
Sue Werner   Composer
Emma La Freniere   Composer

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