Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Ella in Japan: ‘S Wonderful’

Ella Fitzgerald‘s ‘Ella in Japan: ‘S Wonderful’ is a live album recorded on January 19 and 22, 1964 at Hibiya Public Hall and Hotel Okura in Tokyo, Japan and released in 2011 by Verve.

Track Listing : 1.Cheek To Cheek (Irving Berlin) – 03:47 . 2.Deep Purple (Peter Derose, Mitchell Parish) – 03:59 . 3.Too Close For Comfort (Jerry Bock, Larry Holofcener, George Weiss) – 02:20 . 4.I Love Being Here With You (Peggy Lee, William Schluger) – 03:21 . 5.Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard) – 03:00 . 6.’S Wonderful (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 02:34 . 7.I’Ve Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter) – 02:59 . 8.Hallelujah I Love Him So (Ray Charles) – 02:38 . 9.Misty (Johnny Burke, Errol Garner) – 03:09 . 10.Whatever Lola Wants (Richard Adler, Jerry Ross) – 02:48 . 11.Bill Bailey (Hughie Cannon) – 03:43 . 12.The Blues (Ella’S Blues) (Ella Fitzgerald) – 04:38 . 13.’Round Midnight (Bernie Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams) – 03:20 . 14.I Can’T Get Started (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) – 04:39 . 15.Undecided (Sid Robin, Charles Shavers) – 06:43 . 16.Jam Session – 10:53 . 17.Cheek To Cheek (Irving Berlin) – 03:32 . 18.Shiny Stockings (Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Foster) – 03:29 . 19.Can’T Help Lovin’ Dat Man (Oscar Hammerstein Ii, Jerome Kern) – 04:31 . 20.Bill Bailey (Hughie Cannon) – 03:44 . 21.Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn) – 05:02 . 22.Closing/A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Al Feldman, Ella Fitzgerald) – 00:38 . 23.Ain’T Misbehavin’ (Harry Brooksandy Razaf, Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller) – 03:42 . 24.My Last Affair (Haven Johnson) – 03:56 . 25.Perdido (Ervin Drake, Jan Lengsfelder, Juan Tizol) – 06:58 . 26.Closing/A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Al Feldman, Ella Fitzgerald) – 00:49

Musicians : Roy Eldridge – Trumpet . Tommy Flanagan – Piano . Bill Yancy – Bass . Gus Johnson – Drums . Arrow Jazz Orchestra – Orchestra

Production : Produced By Norman Granz . Seth Foster – Mastering . Val Valentin – Editing, Mixing

Package : Jo Almeida – Photo Coordination . Takashi Arihara – Photography . Meire Murakami – Package Design . Marc Myers – Liner Notes . Takeo Nishida – Photography . Jan Persson – Photography . Vartan – Art Direction

Recorded On January 19 And 22, 1964 At Hibiya Public Hall And Hotel Okura, Tokyo, Japan.

Released 2011 By Verve.

(Source Ella Fitzgerald‘s ‘Ella in Japan: ‘S Wonderful’ | The Official Web Site of Ella Fitzgerald)

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The quartet, including Eldrige on trumpet plus pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Bill Yanceyand drummer Gus Johnson, are quite adept at sounding bigger than a four-piece, especially on Ella’s saucy “Whatever Lola Wants.” […]

She is impeccable throughout—certainly as fine as at Juan-les-Pins and with better overall recording quality. But perhaps this two-disc set’s biggest treat is a foursome of instrumental tracks from Eldridge and his bandmates […]

As Fitzgerald herself noted in a Downbeat interview with Leonard Feather the following year, everything changed after the Beatles’ performance that night. For jazz singers, including Fitzgerald, the road began a steep incline and audiences had new expectations. But for a brief few weeks in January 1964, Fitzgerald ruled the world. […]


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