Ella Fitzgerad’s ‘Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert’ is a live album recorded on April 25, 1958 with a trio led by Lou Levy and released in 1988 by Verve.
Track Listing : 1.St. Louis Blues (W.C. Handy) – 05:57 . 2.These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) (Harry Link, Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey) – 03:28 . 3.Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don’T Tease Me) (Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines) – 03:05 . 4.Angel Eyes (Earl Brent, Matt Dennis) – 03:37 . 5.That Old Black Magic (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 03:38 . 6.Just One Of Those Things (Cole Porter) – 03:39 . 7.I Loves You, Porgy (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 04:56 . 8.It’S All Right With Me (Cole Porter) – 02:37 . 9.I Can’T Give You Anything But Love (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy Mchugh) – 03:26 . 10.When You’Re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) (Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin, Larry Shay) – 01:40 . 11.A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 03:09 . 12.Midnight Sun (Sonny Burke, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Mercer) – 03:40 . 13.The Lady Is A Tramp (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:46 . 14.Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) – 03:58 . 15.Caravan (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol) – 02:43 . 16.Stompin’ At The Savoy (Benny Goodmanandy Razaf, Edgar Sampson, Chick Webb) – 07:10
Musicians : Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals . Lou Levy – Piano Except (16) . Max Bennett – Bass Except (16) . Gus Johnson – Drums Except (16) . Oscar Peterson – Piano On (16) . Ray Brown – Bass On (16) . Herb Ellis – Guitar On (16) . Gus Johnson – Drums On (16)
Production : Produced By Norman Granz . Dennis M. Drake – Mixing
Package : Michael Bays – Art Direction . Phil Schaap – Liner Notes . Mitchell Kanner – Design . Herman Leonard – Photography
Recorded On April 25, 1958 At A Theater Rome, Italy.
Released In 1988 By .
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Amazing. Ella lets her sense of humor shine! I love the Louis Armstrong impression. Silky smoothness from one of the vocal greats! […]
It was first issued near the end of Fitzgerald’s life to universal acclaimand has since been heralded as one of her all-time greatest live sets. […]
Believe it or not it’s ‘St. Louis Blues’). This track ranks among the finest examples of vocal jazz, as Lou Levy reflected in 1990: ‘It was just great! So much spirit and drive on it. You could never get it if you went into the studio. If you tried in the studio it would be one chance in a million. […]