Ella Fitzgerald

The Complete 1950-60 Piano Duets (JAZZ)

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The Complete 1950-60 Piano Duets

Ella Fitzgerald

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The Complete 1950-60 Piano Duets

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3 COMPLETE ALBUMS ON 2-CD SET  -  INCLUDES 4 BONUS TRACKS

During her incomparable career, Ella Fitzgerald was most often recorded accompanied by big bands or rhythm sections with piano, guitar, bass, and drums. However, she made a series of dates from 1950 to 1960, backed only by a pianist (alternatively Ellis Larkins, Oscar Peterson, and Paul Smith). Ella wouldn’t record duets like these again until the mid-1970s.

All of these intimate recordings, on which the singer performs renditions of well-known standards, have been compiled here for the first time ever on a single set. Included here are the complete albums "Ella Sings Gershwin" (Decca DL-5300) –her earliest attempt in the songbook form–, "Songs in a Mellow Mood" (Decca DL-8068), and "Let No Man Write My Epitaph" (Verve MG V-4043), among other material. Four tracks, on which she is backed only by Barney Kessel on guitar, have been added as a bonus.

PERSONNEL:

ELLA FITZGERALD, vocals
On all tracks, plus:

CD 1: ELLIS LARKINS, piano. New York, September 11-12, 1950 (1-8) & March 29-30, 1954 (9-20).

CD 2 [1]: PAUL SMITH, piano. Los Angeles, February 7, 1956.
CD 2 [2]: OSCAR PETERSON, piano. Los Angeles, October 17, 1957.
CD 2 [3-15]: PAUL SMITH, piano. Hollywood, April 14 & 19, 1960.

(*) BONUS TRACKS (CD 2 [16-19]): Vocal/guitar duets.
ELLA FITZGERALD, vocals; BARNEY KESSEL, guitar. Los Angeles, August - September, 1956.

INCLUDES 16-PAGE BOOKLET

CD 1: TOTAL TIME: 64:30 min.

01 LOOKING FOR A BOY
02 MY ONE AND ONLY
03 HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?
04 I’VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU
05 BUT NOT FOR ME
06 SOON
07 SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME
08 MAYBE
09 I’M GLAD THERE IS YOU
10 BABY, WHAT ELSE CAN I DO
11 WHAT IS THERE TO SAY?
12 MAKIN’ WHOOPEE!
13 UNTIL THE REAL THING COMES ALONG
14 PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE
15 PLEASE BE KIND
16 IMAGINATION
17 MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY
18 YOU LEAVE ME BREATHLESS
19 NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
20 STARDUST

CD 2: TOTAL TIME: 58:46 min

01 MISS OTIS REGRETS
02 LUSH LIFE
03 MY MELANCHOLY BABY
04 ANGEL EYES
05 BLACK COFFEE
06 I HADN’T ANYONE TILL YOU
07 I CRIED FOR YOU
08 MISTY
09 WHO’S SORRY NOW?
10 I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE
11 I’M GETTING SENTIMENTAL OVER YOU
12 THEN YOU’VE NEVER BEEN BLUE
13 SEPTEMBER SONG
14 REACH FOR TOMORROW
15 ONE FOR MY BABY
16 WAIT TILL YOU SEE HER (*)
17 SOLITUDE (*)
18 AZURE (*)
19 IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD (*)