Twelve Nights in Hollywood, Vols. 3 & 4

Twelve Nights in Hollywood, Vols. 3 & 4

by Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald


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To those of you picking up where Vols. 1 and 2 of this extraordinary document left off, welcome back. If you are new to the scene, welcome to a rare treat (and go get the first set). This is the great Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, as loose and as brilliant as you have ever heard.

On stage Ella Fitzgerald was recorded prolifically, from Hollywood to Newport, from Chicago to Berlin. What's amazing is that across all four discs is material that had never been released anywhere before -- wonderfully intimate and swinging performances from the Crescendo nightclub on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA, where Ella and her band were relaxed and seriously tuned in to each other.

"Her honesty got across to the audience," said Lou Levy, Ella's longtime bandleader. "She had a wonderful sound, she swung real hard." Norman Granz, Ella's label owner and manager recorded every set, every night, from several engagements in May 1961, and hardly a tune was repeated. Disc 3 here represents more from those shows. Disc 4 is the best of Ella's return to the Crescendo a year later, when she was backed by a trio.

From wherever you start to however you finish, Twelve Nights In Hollywood is a delight. Ella's intimate ballad work is breathtaking. Her rhythmic romps are endlessly entertaining. No other Ella album draws such a complete portrait of this joyful practitioner of the fine art of jazz. From the Producers

Product Details

Release Date: 01/04/2011
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602527405759
catalogNumber: 001439402
Rank: 41896

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Lou Levy   Piano
Gus Johnson   Drums
Wilfred Middlebrooks   Bass

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
Marc Blitzstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
David Mann   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Bob Bigelow   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Billy Byrd   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Teddy McRae   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Weinger   Executive Producer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Einar A. Swan   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Charles Bates   Composer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Kay Werner   Composer
Alex Kramer   Composer
Bart Forbes   Cover Illustration
Hughie Cannon   Composer
Andrew Skurow   Tape Vault Research
Billy Rose   Composer
Sue Werner   Composer
Henry J. Wood   Composer
Philip Manning   Layout
Earl K. Brent   Composer
Zilner Randloph   Composer

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