Ella Fitzgerald records ‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song book’ with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (1957)

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song book’ is a studio album recorded with the Duke Ellington Orchestra on June 25 and October 17, 1957 and released the same year By Verve Records.

Track Listing : 1.Rockin’ In Rhythm (Harry Carney, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 05:17 . 2.Drop Me Off In Harlem (Nick Kenny) – 03:48 . 3.Day Dream (John La Touche, Billy Strayhorn) – 03:56 . 4.Caravan (Irving Mills, Juan Tizol) – 03:51 . 5.Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn) – 06:37 . 6.I Ain’T Got Nothin’ But The Blues (Don George) – 04:39 . 7.Clementine (Billy Strayhorn) – 02:37 . 8.I Didn’T Know About You (Bob Russell) – 04:10 . 9.I’M Beginning To See The Light (Don George, Johnny Hodges, Harry James) – 03:24 . 10.Lost In Meditation (Irving Mills, Lou Singer, Juan Tizol) – 03:24 . 11.Perdido (Ervin Drake, H.J Lengsfelder, Juan Tizol) – 06:10 . 12.Cotton Tail (Duke Ellington) – 03:23 . 13.Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me (Bob Russell) – 07:38 . 14.Just A-Sittin’ And A-Rockin’ (Lee Gaines, Billy Strayhorn) – 03:30 . 15.(In My) Solitude (Eddie Delange, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 02:04 . 16.Rocks In My Bed (Duke Ellington) – 03:56 . 17.Satin Doll (Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn) – 03:26 . 18.Sophisticated Lady (Mitchell Parish) – 05:18 . 19.Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don’T Tease Me) (Lee Gaines) – 04:13 . 20.It Don’T Mean A Thing (If It Ain’T Got That Swing) (Irving Mills) – 04:12 . 21.Azure (Irving Mills) – 02:18 . 22.I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (Irving Mills, Henry Nemo, John Redmond) – 04:08 . 23.In A Sentimental Mood (Manny Kurtz, Irving Mills) – 02:44 . 24.Don’T Get Around Much Anymore (Bob Russell) – 04:59 . 25.Prelude To A Kiss (Irving Gordon, Irving Mills) – 05:26 . 26.Mood Indigo (Barney Bigard, Irving Mills) – 03:24 . 27.In A Mellow Tone (Milt Gabler) – 05:07 . 28.Love You Madly (Duke Ellington) – 04:37 . 29.Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn) – 03:37 . 30.Squatty Roo (Johnny Hodges) – 03:38 . 31.I’M Just A Lucky So-And-So (Mack David) – 04:12 . 32.All Too Soon (Carl Sigman) – 04:22 . 33.Everything But You (Don George, Harry James) – 02:53 . 34.I Got It Bad (And That Ain’T Good) (Paul Francis Webster) – 06:11 . 35.Bli-Blip (Sid Kuller) – 03:01 . 36.Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn) – 03:20 . 37.Portrait Of Ella Fitzgerald (Billy Strayhorn) – 016:10: . 38.First Movement: Royal Ancestry . 39.Second Movement: All Heart . 40.Third Movement: Beyond Category . 41.Fourth Movement: Total Jazz . 42.The E And D Blues (E For Ella, D For Duke) (Billy Strayhorn) – 04:48

Musicians : Ella Fitzgerald– Vocals . William “Cat” Anderson- Trumpet . Dizzy Gillespie – Trumpet . Clark Terry – Trumpet . Willie Cook – Trumpet . Frank Foster- Tenor Saxophone . Paul Gonsalves – Saxophone . Ben Webster – Saxophone . Johnny Hodges- Alto Saxophone . Russell Procope- Clarinet, Alto Saxophone . Jimmy Hamilton- Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone . Harry Carney- Clarinet, Bass Clarinet . John Sanders- Trombone . Britt Woodman – Trombone . Quentin Jackson – Trombone . Ray Nance- Trumpet, Violin . Stuff Smith- Violin . Oscar Peterson– Piano . Paul Smith – Piano . Ray Brown- Double Bass . Joe Mondragon – Bass . Jimmy Woode – Bass . Herb Ellis- Guitar . Barney Kessel – Guitar . Sam Woodyard- Drums . Alvin Stoller – Drums . Billy Strayhorn- Piano, Narrator . Duke Ellington– Piano, Narrator, Arranger, Conductor

Production : Produced By Norman Granz

Package : Ellie Hughes – Art Direction, Design . Tom Hughes – Art Direction, Design . Leonard Feather – Liner Notes . Norman Granz – Liner Notes

Recorded On June 25 – October 17, 1957.

Released In 1957 By Verve Records.

(Source Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song book’ | Ella Fitzgerald Official Website)

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Paul Hofmann.
Ella Fitzgerald: An Appreciation in Three Parts While each collection has distinctly satisfying features of its own, particularly the Gershwin set, the Ellington album is perhaps the most unique project. This is in large measure due to the fact that Ellington and his orchestra actually accompany Fitzgerald. […]

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At three hours this is more than just a little bit overwhelming to a newcomer. It doesn’t quite justify it’s length and really, as much as the relaxed atmosphere is appealing to begin with it does border on unfocused at times. […]

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Outstanding recordings, worthwhile both as documents of a fertile period for her, or standing alone in a period of jazz history as the great musicians they all are. […]

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