Ella Fitzgerald – Ella In Hollywood (Expanded Edition) (2018)

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella In Hollywood (Expanded Edition) (2018)
Artist: Ella Fitzgerald
Album: Ella In Hollywood (Expanded Edition)
Label: Music Manager
Year Of Release: 1961/2018
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

Tracklist:
01. This Could Be The Start Of Something Big
02. I’ve Got The World On A String
03. You’re Driving Me Crazy
04. Just In Time
05. It Might As Well Be Spring
06. Take The _A_ Train
07. Stairway To The Stars
08. (You’ll Have To Swing It) Mr Paganini
09. Satin Doll
10. Blue Moon
11. Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home
12. Airmail Special
13. Little Jazz (Bonus Track)
14. You Hit The Spot (Bonus Track)
15. Goody Goody (Bonus Track)
16. Autumn In New York (Bonus Track)
17. By Strauss (Bonus Track)
18. Lost In A Fog (Bonus Track)
19. Swingin’ Shepherd Blues (Bonus Track)
20. They All Laughed (Bonus Track)

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An appearance in Hollywood for a first-rate jazz vocalist was not necessarily an opportunity to broadcast the singer’s visage and pander to everyone from Tacoma to Tallahassee. It could also include a date at the Crescendo. The Sunset Strip’s best chance to find premier jazz, Gene Norman’s nightclub hosted dozens of jazz legends (and a comic or two), and produced more than its share of excellent LPs recorded on location. Better even than Mel Tormé’s 1954 classic, the Ella Fitzgerald LP that resulted from her May 1961 appearances generated one of the best (and certainly most underrated) live records in her discography. All of her hallmarks technical wizardry, breakneck scatting, irrepressible humor and warmth are on full display, with a small but expressive quartet backing her performance (including pianist Lou Levy, guitarist Herb Ellis, drummer Gus Johnson, and bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks). Although it’s full of brilliance, the highlights are clear: a nine-minute scat masterpiece of “Take the ‘A’ Train,” with chorus after chorus of variations, and the shorter but still excellent “Mr. Paganini.” (The latter is one of the nods to her early career, along with a set-closing “Air Mail Special.”) The balladry is masterful as well, with “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home” and “Satin Doll” high on the list. Rarely given a spot on the best LPs of her career, Ella in Hollywood is nonetheless a classic glimpse of Ella at her on-stage best.

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