Ella Fitzgerald Complete 1940 NBC Broadcasts (Live) (2-CD)

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: September 25, 2006
  • Label: Definitive Spain

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Opening Theme)
  • 2.Traffic Jam
  • 3.A Lover Is Blue
  • 4.Dodging the Dean
  • 5.'Tain't What You Do
  • 6.I'm Confessin'
  • 7.Blue Lou
  • 8.What's the Matter with Me
  • 9.I Want the Waiter
  • 10.Let's Get Together (Closing Theme)
  • 11.A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Opening Theme)
  • 12.Limehouse Blues
  • 13.This Changing World
  • 14.Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!
  • 15.Diga Diga Doo
  • 16.Thank Your Stars
  • 17.Take It from the Top
  • 18.Vagabond Dreams
  • 19.Breakin' Down
  • 20.Let's Get Together (Closing Theme)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Opening Theme)
  • 2.Royal Garden Blues
  • 3.Sing Song Swing
  • 4.Sugar Blues
  • 5.Make Believe
  • 6.Sweet Sue
  • 7.It's a Blue World
  • 8.Is There Somebody Else?
  • 9.One Moment Please
  • 10.I've Got to Be a Rug Cutter (Closing Theme)
  • 11.A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Opening Theme)
  • 12.I Got Rhythm
  • 13.One Cigarette for Two
  • 14.Chewing Gum
  • 15.Lover, Come Back to Me
  • 16.Who Ya Hunchin'
  • 17.The Starlit Hour
  • 18.Sing Song Swing
  • 19.Goin' and Getting'
  • 20.Let's Get Together (Closing Theme)

Product Description:

Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Taft Jordan (vocals, trumpet); Garvin Bushell, Hilton Jefferson (alto, clarinet, saxophone); John Trueheart (guitar); Teddy McRae, Wayman Carver (clarinet, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Irving "Mouse" Randolph, Dick Vance (trumpet); Nat Story, Sandy Williams , George Matthews (trombone); Ram Ramirez, Roger "Ram" Ramirez (piano); Bill Beason (drums).
Liner Note Author: Mat¡as Rinar.
Recording information: Roseland Ballroom, NY (01/22/1940-03/04/1940); Savoy Ballroom, NY (01/22/1940-03/04/1940).
Director: Ella Fitzgerald.
Arranger: Edgar Sampson.
With the death of Chick Webb in 1939, his big band was temporarily without a leader. Since Ella Fitzgerald had become the orchestra's most popular attraction, she was put at its head even though she had very little to do with the music. The Webb management, musical director Teddy McRae and trumpeter Taft Jordan actually ran the show, but Fitzgerald was still virtually the only female singer (other than Ina Ray Hutton) to be the leader of her own big band during the era. The experiment would last for two years, until Fitzgerald started her own remarkably successful solo career in 1941. While most of the band's recordings after Webb's death featured Fitzgerald's vocals, the four radio broadcasts that comprise this two-CD set have the orchestra taking instrumentals on over one-third of the material. Ella Fitzgerald was not yet the mature singer that she would become, nor is she heard scatting, a skill she would master five years later. However, her voice is cheerful and pleasing, the band swings and the Edgar Sampson arrangements are a major asset. A few of her novelty features are throwaways but overall this two-fer, which has the only existing live performances of the Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra (and is more complete than previous reissues), is a worthwhile acquisition. ~ Scott Yanow

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  • UPC: 8436006492990
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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