Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (trumpet); Barney Kessel (guitar); Corky Hale (harp); Robert LaMarchina, Edgar Lustgarten (cello); Jule Kinzler, Ted Nash (flute); Abe Most (clarinet); Arnold Koblentz (English horn); Willie Schwartz, Maurice Stein, Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Bob Cooper (tenor saxophone); Chuck Gentry (baritone saxophone); Conrad Gozzo , Maynard Ferguson, Pete Candoli, Ray Linn (trumpet); Vincent DeRosa (French horn); Milt Bernhart, Joe Howard, Lloyd Ulyate (trombone); George Roberts (bass trombone); Paul Smith (piano); Milt Holland (glockenspiel); Joe Mondragon (bass instrument); Alvin Stoller (drums); Buddy Bregman (unknown instrument).
This best-of features selected highlights of the second of the Song Books that Ella Fitzgerald recorded for the Verve label in the mid 1950s. Her voice, with its uncanny bell-like timbre, is the perfect vehicle for conveying the sheer beauty of classic songs such as "My Funny Valentine," "It Never Entered My Mind," and "I Could Write a Book." The exuberant "The Lady Is a Tramp" beats Frank Sinatra at his own swingin' game, yet retains the ladylike dignity which characterized Fitzgerald even when she was having the most fun.
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