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Ella Fitzgerald: 1917-1996
Ella Fitzgerald: 1917-1996
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The ESSENTIAL Ella Fitzgerald:
The Great Songs

Song track listing and credits
All orchestra personnels unknown
except for musicians indicated.

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(Verve 517 170)

#1 Oh, Lady Be Good!   (3:54)
(#1, slow orchestral ballad version)
(George Gershwin - Ira Gershwin)
Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra, featuring extra-large string section. Rec. January 7, 1959, in Los Angeles.
#2 Oh, Lady Be Good!   (3:48)
(#2, swinging & scatting live version)
(George Gershwin - Ira Gershwin)
Jazz at the Philharmonic: Roy Eldridge (t); Jay Jay Johnson (tb); Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Flip Phillips (ts); Oscar Peterson (p); Herb Ellis (g); Ray Brown (b); Jo Jones, Connie Kay (d). Rec. October 25, 1957, live at Philharmonic Hall, Los Angeles.
#3 There's A Lull In My Life   (3:24)
(Mack Gordon - Harry Revel)
Frank DeVol and his Orchestra, featuring Stan Getz (ts). Rec. October, 1957, in Los Angeles.
#4 Little Jazz   (3:48)
(Roy Eldridge - Buster Harding)
The Marty Paich DekTette: Al Porcino, Don Fagerquist (t); Bob Enevoldsen (vtb, ts); Vince DeRosa (frh); John Kitzmiller (tu); Bud Shank (as), Bill Holman (ts), Med Flory (bars); Lou Levy (p); Joe Mondragon (b); Mel Lewis (d). Rec. November 23, 1958, in Los Angeles.
#5 Drop Me Off In Harlem   (3:48)
(Duke Ellington - Nick Kenny - Charles Kenny)
Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra: Ellington or Billy Strayhorn (p, arr) dir: Cat Anderson, Willie Cook, Clark Terry, Ray Nance (t); Quentain Jackson, Britt Woodman, John Sanders (tb); Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Russell Procope (as, cl), Johnny Hodges (as), Paul Gonsalves, Frank Foster (ts), Harry Carney (bars); Jimmy Woode (b); Sam Woodyard (d). Rec. June 25, 1957, in New York.
#6 Angel Eyes   (3:27)
(Earl Brent - Matt Dennis)
with Paul Smith (p). Rec. 1960, in Los Angeles.
#7 Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead
(Harold Arlen & E. Y. Harburg)
Billy May and his Orchestra, including Benny Carter (as). Rec. 1961, in Los Angeles.
#8 A-Tisket, A-Tasket
(Ella Fitzgerald & Al Feldman )
#9 Summertime   (4:52)
(George Gershwin - Ira Gershwin - DuBose Heyward)
with Louis Armstrong (tp, vo) and orchestra conducted by Russell Garcia. Rec. August 18, 1957, in Los Angeles.
#10 Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall   (3:16)
(Allan Roberts - Doris Fisher)
Count Basie and his Orchestra: Basie (p) dir: Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn, Joe Newman, Don Rader, Fip Ricard (tp); Henry Coker, Urbie Green, Grover Mitchell, Benny Powell (tb); Marshall Royal (cl, as), Frank Wess (fl, as, ts), Eric Dixon (f, ts), Frank Foster (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bars); Freddie Green (g); Buddy Catlett (b); Sonny Payne (d); Quincy Jones (arr). Rec. July 16, 1963, probably in Chicago.
#11 Spring Can Really
Hang You Up The Most
(Tommy Wolf - Fran Landesman)
with her Quartet: Lou Levy (p); Herb Ellis (g); Joe Mondragon (b); Stan Levey (d). Rec. June 22, 1961, in Los Angeles.
#12 Pick Yourself Up   (2:05)
(Jerome Kern - Dorothy Fields)
Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra: possibly including Sweets Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Don Fagerquist (tp); Dick Nash (tb), George Roberts (btb); Harry Klee (fl), Ronnie Lang, Skeets Herfurt (as), Ted Nash (ts); Paul Smith or Lou Levy (p); Joe Comfort (b); Al Stoller (d). Rec. 1961, in Los Angeles.
#13 Cool Breeze   (1:55)
(Tadd Dameron - Billy Eckstine - Dizzy Gillespie)
Russell Garcia and his Orchestra. Rec. late 1959, in Los Angeles.
#14 Imagine My Frustration
(Duke Ellington - Billy Strayhorn - Gerald Wilson)
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra: Ellington (p) dir: Cat Anderson, Cootie Williams, Mercer Ellington, Herbie Jones (tp); Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors, Buster Cooper (tb); Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Russell Procope (as, cl), Johnny Hodges (as), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bars); Jimmy Woode (b); Sam Woodyard (d). Rec. October, 1965, in Los Angeles.
#15 Mack The Knife
(Kurt Weill - Bertolt Brecht - Marc Blitzstein)
with the Paul Smith Quartet: Smith (p); Jim Hall (g); Wilfred Middlebrooks (b); Gus Johnson (d). Rec. February 13, 1960, at the Deutschlandhallen, live in Berlin.
#16 Dream
(Johnny Mercer)
Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra: orchestra probably includes Buddy DeFranco (cl); Willie Smith (as), Plas Johnson (ts); Paul Smith or Lou Levy (p); Al Stoller (d). Rec. October 19-21, 1961, in Los Angeles.
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