- Released: March 24, 2003
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Jazz Factory Spain
- 1.Hot Canary
- 2.Because of Rain
- 3.Mixed Emotions
- 4.Smooth Sailing
- 5.I Don't Want to Take a Chance - Ella Fitzgerald, Sy Oliver
- 6.There Never Was a Baby Like My Baby - Ella Fitzgerald, Sy Oliver
- 7.Give a Little, Get a Little - Ella Fitzgerald, Sy Oliver
- 8.Air Mail Special - Ray Brown Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald
- 9.Guy Is a Guy
- 10.Gee, But I'm Glad to Know You Love Me
- 11.Goody Goody
- 12.You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)
- 13.Angel Eyes
- 14.Ella's Contribution to the Blues - Ella Fitzgerald, Leroy Kirkland Orchestra
- 15.Early Autumn
- 16.Walking by the River - Ella Fitzgerald, Leroy Kirkland Orchestra
Personnel includes: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals).
Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Everett Barksdale, Hy White (guitar); Bill Holcombe, Arthur Baker, Al Klink, George Dorsey (reeds); Sid Cooper, Hymie Schertzer, Milt Yaner (alto saxophone); Dick Jacobs (tenor saxophone, bells); Fred Williams (tenor saxophone); Dave McRae (bass saxophone); Tony Faso, Carl Poole, Paul Webster, Taft Jordan, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin (trumpet); Henderson Chambers, Frank Saracco, Al Grey, Bobby Byrne, Mort Bullman (trombone); Hank Jones (piano); Bill Doggett (organ); Phil Kraus (vibraphone); Jimmy Crawford , Rudy Taylor, Johnny Blowers (drums).
Liner Note Author: Eric Mills.
Ella Fitzgerald once admitted, very modestly, that she stole everything she heard, especially from the horns. Although her clear vocal talent and immense interpretive skills squashed such a pithy concern as originality, her early-'50s Decca period was a mishmash of styles and arrangements that Fitzgerald only triumphed over with a struggle. The best of them are excellent, however, and many sides on this fine Disconforme collection show her trumpeting her voice in ways the brass section would really appreciate. Backed by top arranger Sy Oliver's ever-resourceful orchestra, she shines on the exuberant "Hot Canary" and the soothingly swinging "Smooth Sailing." For "Air Mail Special," Fitzgerald turns in one of her finest scat performances in front of husband Ray Brown's tough-swinging bop small group. Her ballad work on "Angel Eyes" is exemplary too, but it's with light bop pieces like "Give a Little, Get a Little" and "Preview" that this material really shines. Her last years at Decca marked a halfway point -- midway between her first brush with bop in the mid-'40s and her artistic peak at Verve with the mid-'50s songbooks -- but her irrepressible artistic spirit made much of it sound like pure genius. ~ John Bush