TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 20 January 2014
Ella Fitzgerald, The Verve Recordings 1956-1959
This newly compiled 60 track offering brings you some of the finest singing of songs from the 20th Century songbook with arrangements to match. The sound quality is excellent across all 3 CDs. The liner notes are by regulation Helen Akitt. Original record numbers and years of recordings are quoted. Nicely illustrated with 4 images of Ella. Goes very well with NOT3CD144 Sarah Vaughan, The Mercury Recordings 1954-1960.
This verve sampler is a most welcome addition to the other Ella Fitzgerald albums that have already been released on CD by Not Now Music.
There are 13 songs taken from the 1956 2LP record set. Sings The Cole Porter Songbook, Verve Records – MG V-4001-2
Arranged By – Buddy Bregman
Conductor – Buddy Bregman
Liner Notes – Don Freeman, Fred Lounsberry
Producer, Liner Notes – Norman Granz
Songwriter – Cole Porter
Vocals – Ella Fitzgerald
Recorded February 7–9 & March 27, 1956
1 song has been included from the 1956 2LP set Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook also with Buddy Bregman. Recorded August 21–31, 1956.
There is 1 song from this album Ella and Louis, Recorded August 16, 1956 at the Capitol Studios, Los Angeles. They were accompanied by the Oscar Peterson Quartet. Having previously collaborated in the late 1940s for the Decca label, this was the first of three albums that Fitzgerald and Armstrong were to record together for Verve Records. MGV-4003
There are 12 songs included from Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song book (1957 ) 4 LP album accompanied by the Duke Ellington orchestra, focusing on Ellington's songs.
Ella Fitzgerald — vocals
William "Cat" Anderson — trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet
Clark Terry - trumpet
Willie Cook - trumpet
Frank Foster — tenor saxophone
Paul Gonsalves - saxophone
Ben Webster - saxophone
Johnny Hodges — alto saxophone
Russell Procope — clarinet, alto saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton — clarinet, tenor saxophone
Harry Carney — clarinet, bass clarinet
John Sanders — trombone
Britt Woodman - trombone
Quentin Jackson - trombone
Ray Nance — trumpet, violin
Stuff Smith — violin
Oscar Peterson — piano
Paul Smith - piano
Ray Brown — double bass
Joe Mondragon - bass
Jimmy Woode - bass
Herb Ellis — guitar
Barney Kessel - guitar
Sam Woodyard — drums
Alvin Stoller - drums
Billy Strayhorn — piano, narrator
Duke Ellington — piano, narrator, arranger, conductor.
Recorded June 15–October 27, 1957, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
Verve MGV 4010-4
There are 5 songs included from Like Someone in Love (1957)
Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals
Frank DeVol - Arranger, Conductor
Stan Getz - Saxophone
Recorded October 15 & 28, 1957
Verve Records MGV-4004
There is one song from the 2 LP set Louis & Ella Again which was recorded July 23, July 31 and August 13, 1957 in Los Angeles. The duo are once again with Oscar Peterson/quartet. MGV 4006-2
There is 1 song from this 1957 LP, Porgy and Bess (Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong album) which was originally released on MGV 4011.
There are 2 songs from Ella Swings Lightly which she recorded with the Marty Paich Dek-tette at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, November 23-24, 1958 and which had its original release on MG V-4021.
There are 6 songs including from Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook (1958) the credits for the original 2 LP set are:
Art Direction – Sheldon Marks
Composed By – Irving Berlin
Conductor, Arranged By – Paul Weston
Liner Notes – Nat Hentoff
Orchestra – Paul Weston And His Orchestra
Photography By [Cover] – Herman Leonard
Producer – Norman Granz
Recorded March 13–19, 1958
Verve Records – MG V-4019-2, Verve Records – MGV 4019-2
There are 4 songs taken from Get Happy! Originally released on MGV 4036 this LP was from 5 different sessions, featuring Orchestras led by Nelson Riddle, Frank DeVol, Russell Garcia or Paul Weston. Recorded July 24, 1957 - July 11, 1959 in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
There are 4 songs from Sings Sweet Songs For Swingers. Originally released on MGV 4032 it was recorded November 24, 1958 & July 11, 1959 with a studio Orchestra arranged and conducted by Frank DeVol.
There are 7 songs taken from the Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook. This album is the largest single recording project that Ella worked on, and it is considered to be one of the most ambitious achievements in Western popular music. Recorded January 5th-8th; March 18th and 26th; July 15th-17th, 1959 At The Capitol Studios, Hollywood. Nelson Riddle – Arranger, Conductor. The set was issued on 5 LPs numbers MGV4024-4028.
The running times for the set are CD1 74.44; CD2 70.41 & CD3 71.27. So you will quickly realise that you are in for a wonderful amount of fine singing and playing from the best of studio orchestra's. The incredibly reasonable asking price will make this a most attractive purchase.