Ella Fitzgeral & Louis Armstrong Essential Albums
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Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald were capable of producing magic that few jazz singers could match. Their infrequent studio collaborations yielded true masterpieces. After cutting several sides backed by big bands for Decca in the late forties and early fifties, Ella and Louis were summoned by producer Norman Granz in 1956-57 to make three albums that would become legendary jazz classics. This 3-LP set compiles their two complete small group albums, Ella & Louis (Verve MGV4003) and Ella & Louis Again (Verve MGV4006-2 [2-LP set]).(*) ELLA & LOUIS: 5 STARS DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE - “Ella & Louis is one of the very, very few albums to have been issued in this era of the LP flood that is sure to endure for decades.” (Nat Hentoff) Voted number 636 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums (*) ELLA & LOUIS AGAIN (2-LP SET): 5 STARS DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE - “This set is more relaxed and more successful than their previous cooperative venture. It can hardly fail to break sales records for them both.” (Leonard Feather)