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Editors’ Notes

It’s a testament to how much music Ella Fitzgerald recorded, that these 76 sparkling, professionally recorded tunes were allowed to languish unheard for more than 50 years. As her phenomenally successful Songbook albums show, with the eternally bubbly Fitzgerald and her elegant little-girl voice it’s about the songs, and here there’s a sterling mix of stage and screen numbers like the Gershwins’ “S’Wonderful,” and Harold Arlen’s “The Old Black Magic,” big band numbers like Ellington’s “Perdido,” oddities like “Across the Alley From the Alamo,” and a stab at Thelonious Monk’s “`Round Midnight.” Even her best known tunes, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” and “Mack the Knife” get fresh, ingenious takes that are essential for Ella collectors. The whole set plays like a fast-moving jam session, loose and inventive with Fitzgerald full of energy and brio, her scatting tight and disciplined, and her sense of delight showing itself often, none better than in “Sunny Side of the Street,” when instead of the usual “Rockefeller” she sings, “I’d be rich as Frank Sinatra. A vivacious rarity.

Customer Reviews

Year!

These are amazing!! Never before released an recorded in 1961-62 when Ella was at the peak of her career! The scarring is relaxed and free and her ballads are beautiful! She reaches new highs and lows in terms of voice and she tackles the blues!! 72 news versions of the songs you love!!

ella's bewitching

she's de-lightful, she's de-licious, she's de-lovely.
Her banter with the band and audience is equally valuable.
In what year were these songs recorded?

Truly the First Lady of Song

I had the great pleasure of listening to Ella live in a small club setting in NYC a couple times in the late fifties/early sixties – right around the time these Hollywood recordings were made. She was at the absolute height of her talent during those years and could totally bewitch her audience. Thanks to Verve for releasing this example of Ella swinging in the Sixties. (By the way, referring to an earlier reviewer, blame the QWERTY keyboard layout for turning "scatting" into "scarring.")

Biography

Born: April 25, 1917 in Newport News, VA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

"The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was arguably the finest female jazz singer of all time (although some may vote for Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holiday). Blessed with a beautiful voice and a wide range, Fitzgerald could outswing anyone, was a brilliant scat singer, and had near-perfect elocution; one could always understand the words she sang. The one fault was that, since she always sounded so happy to be singing, Fitzgerald did not always dig below the surface of the lyrics she interpreted...
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