Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (trumpet); Paul "Scooby" Smith, Paul Smith (piano); Joe Mondragon (bass instrument); Buddy Bregman (unknown instrument); Barney Kessel (guitar); Corky Hale (harp); Robert LaMarchina, Edgar Lustgarten (cello); Willie Schwartz, Bud Shank (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Ted Nash (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jule Kinzler (flute); Bob Cooper (clarinet, oboe, English horn, tenor saxophone); Abe Most (clarinet); Chuck Gentry (bass clarinet, bassoon, baritone saxophone); Arnold Koblentz (oboe, English horn); Maurice Stein (alto saxophone); Conrad Gozzo , Maynard Ferguson, Pete Candoli, Ray Linn (trumpet); Vincent DeRosa (French horn); Milt Bernhart, Joe Howard, Lloyd Ulyate (trombone); George Roberts (bass trombone); Milt Holland (vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, xylophone); Alvin Stoller (drums).
Liner Note Author: James Gavin.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (08/21/1956-08/31/1956).
Arrangers: Buddy Bregman; Paul "Scooby" Smith.
This best-of features selected highlights of the second of the Song Books that Ella Fitzgerald recorded for the Verve label in the mid 1950s. Her voice, with its uncanny bell-like timbre, is the perfect vehicle for conveying the sheer beauty of classic songs such as "My Funny Valentine," "It Never Entered My Mind," and "I Could Write a Book." The exuberant "The Lady Is a Tramp" beats Frank Sinatra at his own swingin' game, yet retains the ladylike dignity which characterized Fitzgerald even when she was having the most fun.