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Ella Fitzgerald: The Concert Years [Box]

Track List

>On the Sunny Side of the Street
>Body and Soul
>Why Don't You Do Right
>Oh Lady, Be Good
>I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
>How High the Moon
>My Funny Valentine
>Smooth Sailing
>Frim Fram Sauce
>Imagine My Frustration
>Duke's Place
>Satin Doll
>Something to Live For
>So Danco Samba
>Don't Be That Way
>You've Changed
>Let's Do It
>On the Sunny Side of the Street
>Cotton Tail
>Night and Day
>Cole Porter Medley: Get Out Of Town / Easy To Love / You Do Something To Me
>Ballad Medley: Body And Soul / The Man I Love / I Loves You Porgy
>Bossa Medley: The Girl From Ipanema / Fly Me To The Moon / O Nosso Amor :: Carnival Samba / Cielito Lindo / Madalena / Agua De Beber :: Water To Drink
>They Can't Take That Away From Me
>St. Louis Blues
>Begin the Beguine
>Indian Summer
>You've Got a Friend
>Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most
>Shiny Stockings
>I Can't Stop Loving You
>C-Jam Blues
>Sweet Georgia Brown
>They Can't Take That Away From Me
>Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
>Man I Love, The
>It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
>Lemon Drop
>Very Thought of You, The
>Happy Blues
>Satin Doll
>Teach Me Tonight
>It's All Right With Me
>How High the Moon
>T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
>Too Close For Comfort
>I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues
>Day by Day
>Ordinary Fool
>Billie's Bounce
>Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
>Make Me Rainbows
>After You've Gone
>Round Midnight
>You've Changed
>Willow Weep For Me
>All of Me
>Blue Moon
>Night and Day
>Flying Home

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Benny Carter, Willie Smith, Ben Webster, Flip Phillips, Johnny Hodges, Stan Getz, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Zoot Sims (saxophone); Roy Eldridge, Cootie Williams, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Clark Terry (trumpet); Al Grey, J.J. Johnson (trombone); Oscar Peterson, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Smith (piano); Herb Ellis, Joe Pass, Freddie Green (guitar); Ray Brown, Keter Betts, Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson (bass); Ed Thigpen, Mickey Roker, Louie Bellson (drums); The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra.

Engineers include: Val Valentin, Angel Balestier, John Timperly.

Compilation producer: Eric Miller.

Recorded between 1953 and 1983. Includes liner notes by Eric Miller and Benny Green.

Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1994, Fantasy).

THE CONCERT YEARS is an impressive four-disc box set covering the decades from 1953 to 1983. It was a time when Ella Fitzgerald was probably the most renowned female jazz singer in the world, selling out large theaters and concert halls when most jazz musicians could barely fill a nightclub.

These are all live recordings, obviously, and they run the gamut from big band dates--the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras, two of Fitzgerald's favorite collaborators, appear on several tracks--to more intimate trio appearances. The tracks recorded with the Oscar Peterson Trio are possibly the best of the lot, as Fitzgerald's voice is always front and center on them, in less danger of being overshadowed by showboating soloists. Not that even the most spotlight-grabbing of instrumentalists, such as Ellington's star tenor Johnny Hodges, can divert the listener's attention from that spectacular voice. This is live jazz at its finest.


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