‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook’

‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook’ is a studio album recorded between August 21 & 31, 1956, with an orchestra conducted by Buddy Bregman and released the same year by Verve.

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Track listing : . 1.Have You Met Miss Jones? (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:41 . 2.You Took Advantage of Me (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:27 . 3.A Ship Without a Sail (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 04:07 . 4.To Keep My Love Alive (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:34 . 5.Dancing on the Ceiling (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 04:06 . 6.The Lady Is a Tramp (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:21 . 7.With a Song in My Heart (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:44 . 8.Manhattan (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:48 . 9.Johnny One Note (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:12 . 10.I Wish I Were in Love Again (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:36 . 11.Spring is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:38 . 12.It Never Entered My Mind (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 04:06 . 13.This Can’t Be Love (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:54 . 14.Thou Swell (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:03 . 15.My Romance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:42 . 16.Where or When (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:46 . 17.Little Girl Blue (T. B. Harms, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:53 . 18.Give it Back to the Indians (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:10 . 19.Ten Cents a Dance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 04:06 . 20.There’s a Small Hotel (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:48 . 21.I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:46 . 22.Ev’rything I’ve Got (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:21 . 23.I Could Write a Book (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:38 . 24.The Blue Room (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:29 . 25.My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:52 . 26.Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 07:01 . 27.Mountain Greenery (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:13 . 28.Wait Till You See Him (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 01:30 . 29.Lover (Jimmie Davis, Roger “Ram” Ramirez, Jimmy Sherman, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:16 . 30.Isn’t It Romantic? (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:00 . 31.Here in My Arms (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 01:52 . 32.Blue Moon (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:11 . 33.My Heart Stood Still (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:02 . 34.I’ve Got Five Dollars (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:39 .

Musicians : . Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals . Buddy Bregman – Conductor . Paul Smith – Piano . Joe Mondragon – Bass . Chuck Gentry – Bassoon, Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone) . Milt Holland – Bells, Bongos, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Timbales, Vibraphone, Xylophone . Robert LaMarchina – Cello . Edgar Lustgarten – Cello . Abe Most – Clarinet . Bud Shank – Clarinet, Flute, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano) . Ted Nash – Clarinet, Flute, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor) . Willie Schwartz – Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano) . Bob Cooper – Clarinet, Sax (Tenor) . Alvin Stoller – Drums . Jule Kinzler – Flute . Vincent DeRosa – French Horn . Barney Kessel – Guitar . Corky Hale – Harp . Arnold Koblentz – Horn (English), Oboe . Buddy Bregman & Orchestra – Orchestra . Maurice Stein – Sax (Alto) . Milt Bernhart – Trombone . Joe Howard – Trombone . Lloyd Ulyate – Trombone . George Roberts – Trombone (Bass) . Pete Candoli – Trumpet . Conrad Gozzo – Trumpet . Ray Linn – Trumpet . Maynard Ferguson – Trumpet .

Production . Produced by Norman Granz . Buddy Bregman – Arranger . Paul Smith – Arranger . Mischa Russell – Concert Master . Peter Pullman – Editing . Suha Gur – Mastering .

Packaging : . Art Hilgart – Liner Notes . Herman Leonard – Photography . Valerie Wagner – Design .

Recorded August 21–31, 1956 .

Released in 1956 by Verve.

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Blogcritics
She is constantly maturing, as evidenced by her increasingly profound understanding and projection of lyrics. Tonally, she commands greater variety — she can slip easily from an intimate huskiness to a clear bell tone and back. […]

The Absolute Sound.
Strings are exceptionally lush, while the brass can be punchy and raucous, as well as plush and creamy, where the bass is as rooted as a stately oakand the kick drum delivers notable weight and wallop. A hint if needed: only 2500 sets were pressed. […]

MrMungbean@RateYourMusic
I come to this album armed with ignorance and ulterior motives. The initial motive was (and I hope will continue to be) to leaf through the esoteric charts here on RYM. This album is very high up on that list, which suggests that in a very literal sense it is underrated. The other primary motive is to eradicate some of my more glaring music ignorances, a few of which this album alone can begin to tackle. […]

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