Here we are treated to 34 R & H tunes (and a reprise of `Lover') with the backing and arrangements again of Buddy Bregman who accompanied Ella on the Cole Porter selection.
Rodgers and Hart produced a great many more shows than Rodgers with his second lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein, though both collaborations lasted for some 17 years. The producer, Norman Granz, had a wonderful selection of tunes to pick from: `Spring is here', `My romance', `The blue room', `Where or when' are probably amongst the best known, but there are many, many more lovely tunes and lyrics. Some of the tunes are not best suited to Ella, like `Have you met Miss Jones' and `The lady is a tramp'; but `Ten cents a dance' is perfect.
It's interesting how different are the tunes Rodgers composed with Hart, who put words to Rodgers' melodies, compared with Rodgers writing tunes to Hammerstein's words. This is a lovely selection from the American Song Book and I for one am delighted to have it available on CD, especially since for many years now I've been presenting programmes of music for friends. The sound quality is so much better than on LP and it is so much easier to pick out specific tunes to play.