Q - 7/93, p.1064 Stars
- Excellent - "...In the '30s and '40s her voice was clear, beautiful and the embodiment of young in heart...captures 39 examples, including her first hit with the Chick Webb Orchestra, 'A-Tisket, A-Tasket' and her great version of 'Paper Moon'..."
JazzTimes - 8/93, p.64
"...This is a nice BIRTHDAY present from Ella....It has the novelty hits...and it has masterpieces..."
Personnel includes: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); The Ink Spots (vocals); Louis Jordan (vocals); Louis Armstrong.
Compilation producers: Milt Gabler, Orrin Keepnews.
Recorded between 1935 and 1955. Includes liner notes by Milt Gabler and Dan Morgenstern.
1945-55 recordings originally produced by Milt Gabler.
Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Louis Jordan (vocals, reeds, alto saxophone); Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); John Trueheart (guitar, banjo); Danny Perri, Everett Barksdale, Ulysses Livingston, Hy White, Carl Hogan , Bernie Mackay, Bob Johnson, Al Casamenti, Jimmy Shirley, Bill Jennings, Bobby Johnson (guitar); Janet Pullman (harp); Hank D'Amico (clarinet); Hilton Jefferson (reeds, alto saxophone); Sam "The Man" Taylor (reeds, tenor saxophone); Dick Jacobs (reeds, percussion); George Koenig, Sid Rubin, Milton Chatz, Garvin Bushell, Art Drelinger, Pete Clark, Chauncey Houghton, Jack Greenberg, Al Howard, Dave McRae , Sam Simmons, Bernard Kaufman, Jerry Jerome, Sid Cooper, Teddy McRae, Wayman Carver, Bill Stegmeyer, Al Klink, Hymie Schertzer, Harold Feldman, Art Drellinger, Milt Yaner (reeds); Frank Ludwig, Josh Jackson (tenor saxophone); Ernie Caceres (baritone saxophone); Chris Griffin , Andrew Ferretti, Tony Faso, John McGhee , Louis Ruggiero, Chuck Genduso, Irving "Mouse" Randolph, Ralph Musillo, Leonard Graham, Dale McMickle, Aaron Izenhall, Mario Bauz , Paul Webster, Taft Jordan, Jimmy Nottingham, Bob Peck, Bob Stark , Dick Vance, Bobby Stark , Bernie Privin, Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Nat Story, Henderson Chambers, Fred Ohms, Frank Sarroco, William Pritchard, Jack Satterfield, Ward Silloway , Earl Hardy, John McConnell, Al Grey, Sandy Williams , Will Bradley, George Matthews , Cutty Cutshall, Bobby Byrne, Mort Bullman (trombone); Bill Doggett (piano, organ); John Lewis, Don Abney, Tommy Fulford, Ellis Larkins, Hank Jones , Moe Wechsler, Joe Bushkin, Stan Freeman, Billy Kyle , Bill Davis (piano); Chick Webb , Cozy Cole, Sylvester Payne, George Wettling, Eddie Byrd, Irv Kluger, Jimmy Crawford , Joe Harris , Joe Morris , Larry Bunker, Morey Feld, Rudy Taylor, Bill Beason, Andre Webb, Johnny Blowers (drums); Harry Dial, Vic Lourie (percussion); Andy Love Quintet, The Ray Charles Singers (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Dan Morgenstern; Bud Katzel; Milt Gabler .
Recording information: New York, NY (05/02/1938-08/05/1955).
Photographers: Scott Johnson ; Frank Driggs.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Chick Webb ; Chick Webb & His Orchestra; Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra; The Delta Rhythm Boys; Ella Fitzgerald; Erick Labson; Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight; Sharon Franklin; Gordon Jenkins; Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra; Ray Charles; Sonny Mediana; Louis Jordan; Ray Brown ; Sy Oliver; The Ink Spots; The Song Spinners; Tutti Camarata; Vic Schoen; Benny Carter ; Benny Carter & His Orchestra ; Bob Haggart.
This attractive two-CD set, released to celebrate Fitzgerald's 75th birthday, is a perfect greatest-hits collection spanning the first half of her very productive career. All 39 songs are winners, highlighted by "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "Undecided," "Flying Home," "Lady Be Good," "How High the Moon," "Smooth Sailing," "Airmail Special," "Lullaby of Birdland," and "Hard Hearted Hannah." During the period covered by this package, she developed from a fine big-band pop vocalist into the definitive jazz singer, one who could scat and swing with the best musicians. This set is a perfect introduction to her magic. ~ Scott Yanow