Also available as part of a 3 CD set called VOICES OF THE CENTURY (VERVE 543 077), with Billie Holiday's PRICLESS JAZZ COLLECTION (GRD 9871) and Carmen McRae's PRICELESS JAZZ COLLECTION (GRD 9897).
Personnel includes: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Sy Oliver, Andre Previn, Benny Carter (conductor); Ellis Larkins (piano); Leonard Graham (trumpet); Ray Brown (bass); Chick Webb, Vic Schoen, Bob Haggart.
Producers: Dave Kapp, Milt Gabler.
Reissue producer: John Snyder.
Recorded in New York, New York and Los Angeles, California between 1938 & 1955. Includes liner notes by Jim Macnie.
This is part of GRP Records' Priceless Jazz series.
Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Leonard Graham (trumpet); Ellis Larkins (piano).
Liner Note Author: Jim Macnie.
Recording information: LA, CA (05/02/1938-04/02/1955); New York, NY (05/02/1938-04/02/1955).
Photographer: Alan Nahigian.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Vic Schoen; Bob Haggart.
Arrangers: Andr‚ Previn ; Sy Oliver; Benny Carter .
GNP-Crescendo's PRICELESS JAZZ COLLECTION reissue series may have a fairly blah title, but the contents more than live up to the term "Priceless." Their Ella Fitzgerald disc covers the earliest years of her long and productive career, from her earliest days with the Chick Webb Orchestra in the mid '30s to her solo recordings of the late '40s. Opening with her first hit, "A-Tisket A-Tasket," which topped the hit parade for weeks in 1937, the well-sequenced and informatively-annotated disc goes on to cover girlish novelty songs like the giddy "Goody Goody" and the full-length "You'll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini), Parts 1 and 2." Her scat showcase "How High the Moon" is equally exuberant. But the collection also features Fitzgerald's incomparable skill with ballads. "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Makin' Whoopee" and the heartbreaking "But Not For Me" have rarely sounded so warm and inviting. This is an excellent introduction to Fitzgerald's early career.