Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book

Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book

by Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald


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It is difficult to know where to begin when approaching an artist as wonderful as Ella Fitzgerald, especially when covering a revered recording like Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book from the late '50s. This set includes two CDs with 32 songs chosen from Berlin's collection of nearly 800 songs. These selections are perfectly suited for Fitzgerald's voice and her romantic sensibility; they are happy, occasionally sad, and full of swinging rhythm. A few of these songs -- "Cheek to Cheek," "Puttin' on the Ritz," and "Blue Skies" -- will be most familiar; others, "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails," "Russian Lullaby," and "All By Myself" are as memorable but perhaps less known. Choices like "Isn't This a Lovely Day?" feature everything a listener would want in a song: intelligent lyrics, memorable melodies, and a strong emotional center. To say that Fitzgerald is in good voice for these recordings would be an understatement; her presentation here is simply regal. It should be pointed out that these two- and three-minute tunes are tightly arranged, and don't allow the freedom of extended scat singing as on Ella in Berlin. The arrangements are also lovely, featuring the tasteful support of Paul Weston & His Orchestra, which never overpowers Fitzgerald. Such songs as "Cheek to Cheek" and "How Deep Is the Ocean?" -- the standards that once dominated singers' repertoires -- seem absent from today's musical scene. That may be unfortunate, but they continue to live healthy lives in recordings like this one. For fans who have enjoyed other songbook recordings, this reissue is a must-have; for those unfamiliar with Fitzgerald's songbook work, this is an excellent place to start.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2000
Label: Imports
UPC: 0731454383028
catalogNumber: 5036201
Rank: 32500

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Ted Nash   Woodwind
Paul Smith   Piano
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Matty Matlock   Woodwind
Babe Russin   Woodwind
John Best   Trumpet
Gene Cipriano   Woodwind
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Chuck Gentry   Woodwind
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Dick Noel   Trombone
Jack Ryan   Bass
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Fred Stulce   Woodwind
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor
Leonard Hartman   Woodwind
William Schaefer   Trombone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Norman Granz   Original Album Producer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
James Gavin   Liner Notes
Sheldon Marks   Art Direction
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ben Young   Research Supervisor
Carlos Kase   Research Coordination
Ken Druker   Executive Producer

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