Personnel includes: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Billy May (arranger, conductor); Ted Nash (alto saxophone); Plas Johnson (tenor saxophone); Don Fagerquist (trumpet); Milt Bernhart, Dick Nash (trombone); Paul Smith (piano); Joe Mondragon (bass); Alvin Stoller (drums).
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California. Includes liner notes by Benny Green & Edward Jablonski.
Digitally remastered by Dennis Drake (PolyGram Studios).
Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); John Collins, Al Hendrickson (guitar); Ted Nash (alto saxophone); Plas Johnson (tenor saxophone); Don Fagerquist (trumpet); Milt Bernhart, Dick Nash (trombone); Paul Smith (piano); Alvin Stoller (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Dennis Drake.
Liner Note Authors: Benny Green ; Edward Jablonski.
Recording information: Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (08/01/1960-01/16/1961).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Seth Rothstein; Richard Seidel; Val Valentin.
Though it was recorded in the same August 1960 sessions as the first volume of THE HAROLD ARLEN SONGBOOK, volume two is anything but leftovers. While perhaps not a household name to the extent of previous Ella Fitzgerald Songbook honorees Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, or Cole Porter, Harold Arlen--alongside his usual collaborator, lyricist Johnny Mercer--is every bit their equal as a songwriter.
Billy May arranged and conducted these big-band sessions, and his typically swinging charts suit both Fitzgerald's magnificent voice and the ingratiating material beautifully. Arlen's tunes range from mournful classics like "One For My Baby"--and Fitzgerald's version here gives Sinatra's better-known rendition a run for its money--to sprightly gems like "It's Only a Paper Moon." As always, Fitzgerald covers this range of material with ease. Both volumes of THE HAROLD ARLEN SONGBOOK are essential for Arlen and/or Fitzgerald fans, but this one might have the edge over its predecessor.