Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book [Verve]

Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book [Verve]

by Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald

CD(Spanish Import)

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Ella Fitzgerald's outstanding songbook series has become an institution unto itself. This 1957 effort is distinguished from Fitzgerald's other songbooks in that it is the only album in which the composer whose work she is singing actively participates. In fact, these recordings are packed with some of the key figures in 20th century jazz. As if Ella and Duke weren't enough, Ellington's arranger/composer Billy Strayhorn, guest musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson, and brilliant record producer Norman Granz all have a hand in the proceedings. And what better backing band could one want than Duke's orchestra? The usual suspects -- Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, and Sam Woodyard, among others -- contribute fine performances throughout. Duke's spectacular catalog dazzles, and his sprightly, lush textures are transfigured under Fitzgerald's warm-timbred voice and elegant, precise delivery. Included here are classics like "Rockin' in Rhythm," "Caravan," "Satin Doll," "Sophisticated Lady," "Prelude to a Kiss," and "It Don't Mean a Thing...," each tune as familiar as it is delightful to hear in this new context.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2009
Label: Essential Jazz Class
UPC: 8436028694266
catalogNumber: 55426
Rank: 18324

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet,cowbell
Mercer Ellington   Claves
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Shorty Baker   Trumpet
Willie Cook   Trumpet,cowbell
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Harry Carney   Bass,Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Clark Terry   Trumpet,cowbell
Duke Ellington   Piano
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
Joe Mondragon   Bass
John Sanders   Valve Trombone
Stuff Smith   Violin
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Sam Woodyard   Drums

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Text
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Barney Kessel   Duet
Oscar Peterson   Duet
Irving Mills   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Harry Carney   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Milt Gabler   Composer
Nick Kenny   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
John Sanders   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Lou Singer   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Otto Hardwick   Composer
John Tynan   Liner Notes
Irving Gordon   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Don George   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
Emanuel Kurtz   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Sid Kuller   Composer
Mark Mayer   Liner Notes
Hans Lengsfelder   Composer
Charles Kenny   Composer

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