Ella Fitzgerald records ‘A Perfect Match’ with the Count Basie Orchestra at the Montreux Jazz Festival (1979)

Ella Fitzgerald‘s ‘A Perfect Match’ is a live album recorded on July 12, 1979 at the Montreux Jazz Festival, with the Count Basie Orchestra and released the same year by Pablo

Track Listing : 1.Please Don’T Talk About Me When I’M Gone (Sidney Clare, Sam H. Stept) – 02:02 . 2.Sweet Georgia Brown (Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey, Maceo Pinkard) – 03:07 . 3.Some Other Spring (Arthur Herzog Jr., Irene Kitchings) – 04:22 . 4.Make Me Rainbows (Alan Bergman, John Williams) – 03:24 . 5.After You’Ve Gone (Henry Creamer, Turner Layton) – 03:45 . 6.’Round Midnight (Bernie Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams) – 04:43 . 7.Fine And Mellow (Billie Holiday) – 02:42 . 8.You’Ve Changed (Bill Carey, Carl Fischer) – 03:15 . 9.Honeysuckle Rose (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 03:23 . 10.St. Louis Blues (W. C. Handy) – 05:18 . 11.Basella (Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald) – 10:21

Musicians : Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals . Paul Smith – Piano . The Count Basie Orchestra . Keter Betts – Bass . Ray Brown – Bass, Trumpet . Count Basie – Piano . Mickey Roker – Drums . Freddie Green – Guitar . Bobby Plater – Sax (Alto), Saxophone . Danny Turner – Sax (Alto), Saxophone . Charlie Fowlkes – Sax (Baritone), Saxophone . Eric Dixon – Sax (Tenor), Saxophone . Kenny Hing – Sax (Tenor), Saxophone . Bill Hughes – Trombone . Booty Wood – Trombone . Dennis Wilson – Trombone . Mel Wanzo – Trombone . Michael Booty Wood – Trombone . Paul Cohen – Trumpet . Pete Minger – Trumpet . Sonny Cohn – Trumpet

Production : Produced By Norman Granz . Arne Frager – Engineer . Dennis Sands – Engineer . David Richards – Engineer . Joe Tarantino – Mastering . Greg Fulginiti – Mastering

Package : Phil Stern – Photography . Sheldon Marks – Artwork . Norman Granz – Artwork

Recorded On July 12, 1979 At The Montreux Jazz Festival.

Released In 1979 By Pablo.

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All About Jazz
Fitzgerald mostly keeps things moving along quickly for the crowd, with much if by no means all of the energy and chops of earlier days, but it’s the slow and husky ballad “Round Midnight” that might be the most rewarding track here. […]

Amazon
This concert is the perfect example of how to “swing”. The ideal combination of Ella Fitzgerald, at the height of her powers in 1979, with the Count Basie Orchestra and then accompanied by the great man himself, leads to a sublime evening with versions of Ella’s classics. […]

Remembering Ella
Ella was not in good physical shape when these albums were recorded, but the youth and energy of the young Basie musicians clearly inspired her. A Perfect Match, which was recorded live at Montreaux, reveals some of Ella’s old explosiveness. […]

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