Ella Fitzgerald The Jerome Kern Songbook
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- Released: February 15, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Imports
JazzTimes - p.114"[W]hen Fitzgerald, at the absolute apex of her vocal powers, is solvin' that swingin' Riddle, it's unsurpassed quality, not quantity, that matters."
- $1.29 on iTunes1.Let's Begin
- $1.29 on iTunes2.A Fine Romance
- $1.29 on iTunes3.All the Things You Are
- $1.29 on iTunes4.I'll Be Hard to Handle
- $1.29 on iTunes5.You Couldn't Be Cuter
- $1.29 on iTunes6.She Didn't Say "Yes"
- $1.29 on iTunes7.I'm Old Fashioned
- $1.29 on iTunes8.Remind Me
- $1.29 on iTunes9.The Way You Look Tonight
- $1.29 on iTunes10.Yesterdays
- $1.29 on iTunes11.Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
- $1.29 on iTunes12.Why Was I Born?
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Conducted by Nelson Riddle.
Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Ella Fitzgerald; Ann Mason Stockton (harp); Gerald Vinci, Felix Slatkin, Victor Bay, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Alex Beller, Dan Lube, Marshall Sosson, Sidney Sharp, Victor Arno, Israel Baker (violin); Barbara Simons, Alex Neimann, Paul Robyn (viola); Joseph Saxon, David Pratt, Emmet Sargeant , Armand Karpoff, Justin DiTullio, William Vanden Burg, George Neikrug, Edgar Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, Eleanor Slatkin (cello); Champ Webb, Joe Koch, Harry Klee, Wilbur Schwartz, Buddy Collette (woodwinds); Ronnie Lang (alto saxophone); Ted Nash (tenor saxophone); Don Fagerquist, Carroll Lewis, George Seaberg, Vito Mangano (trumpet); Arthur Maebe, James A. Decker, William Hinshaw, Vincent DeRosa, John Cave (French horn); Tommy Pederson , Tommy Shepard (trombone); George Roberts (bass trombone); Paul "Scooby" Smith, Paul Smith (piano); Joe Comfort (bass instrument); Frank Emilio Flynn (drums); Robert Bain (guitar); Nathan Ross (violin); Ray Kramer (cello); Plas Johnson (tenor saxophone); Shorty Sherock (trumpet); Richard Taylor "Dick" Nash (trombone); Alvin Stoller (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Benny Green ; Benny Green ; James Gavin.
Recording information: Radio Recorders Studio 10H, Los Angeles, CA (01/05/1963-01/07/1963).
Arranger: Nelson Riddle.
Ella Fitzgerald is rightfully adored for her superb, often-definitive interpretations of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, and Gershwin tunes, which are well documented in her Song Book series. The addition of Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book to Fitzgerald's discography is welcome. Recorded in 1963, the album proves Fitzgerald's voice as golden as ever. Yet age was beginning to color her singing a bit, and that texture adds a beautiful dimension to songs like the dark "Why Was I Born?" and the yearning "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man." Nelson Riddle's charts are typically smart and swinging, with a lush, full sound that balances punch and lyricism. Fitzgerald's ebullient delivery and honey-rich timbre bring out the humor of "A Fine Romance," the wistfulness of "I'm Old Fashioned," and the tender romance of "The Way You Look Tonight," putting her distinctive stamp on each. It's sure to please fans of Kern and big-band standards, and for aficionados of Fitzgerald's other Song Book albums, this is a must. ~ Anthony Tognazzini
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