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Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s initial meeting in the studio, 1956’s Ella and Louis, was so successful that producer Norman Granz reassembled the cast nearly a year later. Also featuring all standards, Ella and Louis Again again features pianist Oscar Peterson’s trio with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis. One difference is that Louie Bellson ably replaces Buddy Rich behind the drum kit. Another is that Armstrong sings four songs without Fitzgerald and she three without him, serving as a de facto palate cleanser. On the standout interpretation of “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” a trademark Fitzgerald scat is followed by a hot Armstrong trumpet solo and then his scatting before she rejoins. “I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket” brilliantly showcases every single musician, while “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” perfectly encapsulates the talent, affection, and respect overflowing in the studio that day.


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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