CD Review Reader Consensus - Performance 9.6 / Sound 8.8
Personnel includes: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Count Basie (piano); Frank Foster, Frank Wess (alto & tenor saxophones, flute); Joe Newman (trumpet); Benny Powell (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); Sonny Payne (drums).
ELLA & BASIE contains 6 previously unreleased tracks.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of the Verve Master Editions series.
Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Freddie Green (guitar); Frank Foster , Frank Wess (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eric Dixon (flute, tenor saxophone); Marshall Royal (clarinet, alto saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Flip Ricard (trumpet, trombone); Don Rader, Joe Newman , Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn (trumpet); Grover Mitchell , Henry Coker, Urbie Green, Benny Powell (trombone); Count Basie (piano); Sonny Payne (drums).
Liner Note Author: Norman Granz.
Recording information: New York, NY (07/16/1963/07/17/1963).
Arranger: Quincy Jones.
Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. (The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years.) Fitzgerald sounds fine and, even if Quincy Jones' arrangements did not give the Basie musicians as much space for solos -- although two songs do feature a bit of trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist Urbie Green and Frank Foster on tenor -- this is an enjoyable effort. High points include "Honeysuckle Rose," "Them There Eyes" and "Shiny Stockings." ~ Scott Yanow