Ella Fitzgerald records the album ‘Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!’ with a quartet led by Lou Levy (1961)

Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!’ is a studio album recorded on January 23, 1961 &June 22-23, 1961 with a jazz quartet led by Lou Levy and released the same year By Verve.

Track Listing : 1.A Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) – 04:06 . 2.You’Re My Thrill (Sidney Clare, Jay Gorney) – 03:35 . 3.My Reverie (Larry Clinton, Claude Debussy) – 03:16 . 4.Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 03:17 . 5.’Round Midnight (Bernie Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams) – 03:28 . 6.Jersey Bounce (Tiny Bradshaw, Buddy Feyne, Edward Johnson, Bobby Plater) – 03:33 . 7.Signing Off (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly) – 03:45 . 8.Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton) – 04:13 . 9.This Year’S Kisses (Irving Berlin) – 02:14 . 10.Good Morning Heartache (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higgenbotham) – 04:17 . 11.(I Was) Born To Be Blue (Mel Tormé, Bob Wells) – 02:42 . 12.Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley! (Ballard Macdonald, Joseph Meyer, Billy Rose) – 02:41 . 13.Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf) – 06:13 . 14.The Music Goes Round And Round (Eddie Farley, Red Hodgson, Mike Riley) – 02:27

Jean Dubuffet

Musicians : Lou Levy – Piano . Herb Ellis – Guitar . Joe Mondragon – Bass . Gus Johnson – Drums

Production : Produced By Norman Granz

Package : Jean Dubuffet asterisques RVM – Artwork . Will Friedwald – Liner Notes . Benny Green – Liner Notes . Joey Reinleib – Art Direction . Giulio Turturro – Art Direction

Recorded On January 23, 1961 And June 22-23, 1961.

Released 1961 By Verve.


She had an unerring sense of pitch. That is, she was always on the note. And she also is thought of as an instrumentalist, I think in some ways. At least, it’s safe to say that we think of Ella Fitzgerald scat singing — that is imitating an instrument — more than almost any other singer, because she was so good at it. This collection contains, I think, one of her best scat solos of alland one that you hear instrumentalists quote. It’s called “Jersey Bounce.” […]

Robasco @ RateYourMusic
Never understood why I don’t hear more about this album. Rare to hear Ella singing in the studio with a small jazz group. Ella’s version of “Cry me a River” outdoes any other I’ve heard…and “Good Morning Heartache”, even better than Billie’s. […]

Although not reaching the heights of her live performances, this is an excellent (and somewhat underrated) set. […]


Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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