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Swingsation - Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb

Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald

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Album Review

Here's some early Fitzgerald sides, all featuring her as a vocalist with the Chick Webb band and recorded between 1935 and 1938 for the Brunswick and Decca labels. Transfers of the old 78 discs are decent, although a bit fusty in spots. Highlights include "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "Squeeze Me," "Harlem Congo," and "Pack up Your Sins and Go to the Devil."


Born: February 10, 1909 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s

Chick Webb represented the triumph of the human spirit in jazz and life. Hunchbacked, small in stature, almost a dwarf with a large face and broad shoulders, Webb fought off congenital tuberculosis of the spine in order to become one of the most competitive drummers and bandleaders of the big band era. Perched high upon a platform, he used custom-made pedals, goose-neck cymbal holders, a 28-inch bass drum and a wide variety of other percussion instruments to create thundering solos of a complexity...
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