‘Ella and Basie!’ is the first studio album (recorded on July 16–17, 1963) by Ella Fitzgerald with the Count Basie Orchestra playing arrangements by Quincy Jones and released in September 1963 by Verve.
Track Listing : 1.Honeysuckle Rose (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 02:42 . 2.’Deed I Do (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose) – 02:40 . 3.Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts) – 03:20 . 4.Them There Eyes (Maceo Pinkard, Doris Tauber, William Tracey) – 05:04 . 5.Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Fabian Andre, Gus Kahn, Wilbur Schwandt) – 04:04 . 6.Tea For Two (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) – 03:10 . 7.Satin Doll (Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn) – 03:13 . 8.I’M Beginning To See The Light (Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, Harry James) – 03:57 . 9.Shiny Stockings (Frank Foster, Ella Fitzgerald) – 03:30 . 10.This Is My Last Affair (Haven Johnson) – 03:11 . 11.Ain’T Misbehavin’ (Harry Brooksandy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 03:06 . 12.On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy Mchugh) – 03:00
Musicians : Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals . The Count Basie Orchestra – Orchestra . Count Basie – Piano . Sonny Cohn – Trumpet . Al Aarons – Trumpet . Joe Newman – Trumpet . Don Rader – Trumpet . Eric Dixon – Flute, Tenor Saxophone . Frank Foster – Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone . Frank Wessv . Charlie Fowlkes – Baritone Saxophone . Freddie Green – Guitar . Benny Powell – Trombone . Urbie Green – Trombone . Henry Coker – Trombone . Grover Mitchell – Trombone . Flip Ricard – Trombone, Trumpet . Marshal Royal – Clarinet, Alto Saxophone . Buddy Catlett – Double Bass . Sonny Payne – Drums
Production : Produced By Norman Granz . Quincy Jones . Val Valentin – Engineer
Arrangements : Quincy Jones
Package : Jay Thompson – Cover Photo . Norman Granz – Liner Notes
Recorded From July 16 To July 17, 1963 At A & R Studios, Nyc.
Released In September 1963 By Verve.
This kind of big band swing has certainly had its heyday but this particular recording has stood the test of time perfectly and I’d argue that it remains as fresh, exciting, dynamic and ‘get up and dance’ today as it must have sounded in the ballrooms of yesteryear. […]
atomicWedgie @ RateYourMusic
It’s an amazing nod of respect from Basie to Ella, one I don’t know that I’d ever heard another singer receive from a band leader. She’s not just a singer (unfortunately-necessary second-class citizens to most non-vocalist band members, as true today as ever), she’s a member of the band. […]
All About Jazz
While Ella and Basie! doesn’t individually showcase the many talented musicians in the Count Basie Orchestra, it provides an example of a singer and a band at their most refined levels of musicianship. None of the songs are long or venture into the abstract; this album is jazz in its most primal form. […]