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.

 Ella Fitzgerald


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. […]


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



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