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Ella Fitzgerald: The Very Best Of The Rodgers And Hart Song Book

Track List

>My Funny Valentine
>I Didn't Know What Time It Was
>It Never Entered My Mind
>Ten Cents a Dance
>Lady Is a Tramp, The
>Little Girl Blue
>I Could Write a Book
>Where or When
>This Can't Be Love

Album Notes

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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