Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Song Book (1957/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 2:52:48 minutes | 8,59 GB | Genre: Jazz
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One of the benchmark records in jazz and in the Ella Fitzgerald catalog. The Duke Ellington Songbook features a wonderful selection interpreted splendidly by one of the all time great voices in music. It was the first of a series of recordings by the prolific pair. Ellington’s performances both at piano and directing orchestra are outstanding. This is beautifully balanced by the sweet and luscious delivery of Fitzgerald on the classics “Take The A Train,” “Solitude,” “I’m Just A Lucky So and So,” and “Caravan.” The album featured a number of legendary performers including Paul Gonsalves, Ben Webster, Ray Nance, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Billy Strayhorn, Barney Kessel, Dizzy Gillespie, Sam Woodyard and many more. The Duke Ellington Songbook is a true must have for any jazz fan.

Ella Fitzgerald’s outstanding songbook series has become an institution unto itself. This 1957 effort is distinguished from Fitzgerald’s other songbooks in that it is the only album in which the composer whose work she is singing actively participates. In fact, these recordings are packed with some of the key figures in 20th century jazz. As if Ella and Duke weren’t enough, Ellington’s arranger/composer Billy Strayhorn, guest musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson, and brilliant record producer Norman Granz all have a hand in the proceedings. And what better backing band could one want than Duke’s orchestra? The usual suspects — Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, and Sam Woodyard, among others — contribute fine performances throughout. Duke’s spectacular catalog dazzles, and his sprightly, lush textures are transfigured under Fitzgerald’s warm-timbred voice and elegant, precise delivery. Included here are classics like “Rockin’ in Rhythm,” “Caravan,” “Satin Doll,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Prelude to a Kiss,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing…,” each tune as familiar as it is delightful to hear in this new context.

CD1 #01 – Rockin’ In Rhythm
CD1 #02 – Drop Me Off In Harlem
CD1 #03 – Day Dream
CD1 #04 – Caravan
CD1 #05 – Take The “A” Train
CD1 #06 – I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues
CD1 #07 – Clementine
CD1 #08 – I Didn’t Know About You
CD1 #09 – I’m Beginning To See The Light
CD1 #10 – Lost In Meditation
CD1 #11 – Perdido
CD1 #12 – Cotton Tail
CD1 #13 – Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
CD1 #14 – Just A-Sittin’ And A-Rockin’
CD1 #15 – Solitude
CD1 #16 – Rocks In My Bed
CD1 #17 – Satin Doll (1956 Version)
CD1 #18 – Sophisticated Lady

CD2 #01 – Just Squeeze Me (But Don’t Tease Me)
CD2 #02 – It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
CD2 #03 – Azure
CD2 #04 – I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
CD2 #05 – In A Sentimental Mood
CD2 #06 – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
CD2 #07 – Prelude To A Kiss
CD2 #08 – Mood Indigo
CD2 #09 – In A Mellow Tone [with Oscar Peterson]
CD2 #10 – Love You Madly [with Oscar Peterson]
CD2 #11 – Lush Life [with Oscar Peterson]
CD2 #12 – Squatty Roo [with Oscar Peterson]
CD2 #13 – I’m Just A Lucky So And So
CD2 #14 – All Too Soon
CD2 #15 – Everything But You
CD2 #16 – I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)
CD2 #17 – Bli-Blip

CD3 #01 – Chelsea Bridge
CD3 #02 – Portrait Of Ella Fitzgerald (Album Version) [Duke Ellington & His Orchestra]
CD3 #03 – The E And D Blues (E For Ella And D For Duke)