Ella Fitzgerald finishes the recording of ‘Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson’ with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra (1961)

Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson’ is a studio album recorded on January 5, 1959–December 27, 1961 with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and released in 1962 by Verve.

Track Listing : 1.When Your Lover Has Gone (Einar Aaron Swan) – 03:00 . 2.Don’T Be That Way (Benny Goodman, Mitchell Parish, Edgar Sampson) – 03:47 . 3.Love Me Or Leave Me (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 02:49 . 4.I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser) – 02:19 . 5.What Am I Here For? (Duke Ellington, Frankie Laine) – 02:43 . 6.I’M Gonna Go Fishin’ (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee) – 03:00 . 7.I Won’T Dance (Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein Ii, Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern, Jimmy Mchugh) – 03:30 . 8.I Only Have Eyes For You (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) – 02:37 . 9.The Gentleman Is A Dope (Oscar Hammerstein Ii, Richard Rodgers) – 03:58 . 10.Mean To Me (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk) – 02:55 . 11.Alone Together (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 02:45 . 12.Pick Yourself Up (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) – 02:06

Musicians : Nelson Riddle – Arranger, Conductor . Alvin Stoller – Drums . Ronnie Lang – Sax (Alto) . Bob Cooper – Sax (Tenor) . Don Fagerquist – Trumpet

Production : Produced By Norman Granz . Val Valentin – Engineer . Peter Pullman – Editing . Andrew Nicholas – Mastering

Package : Joey Reinleib – Design . Benny Green – Liner Notes . James Gavin – Liner Notes

Recorded On January 5, 1959–December 27, 1961.

Released In 1962 By Verve.


The singer has rarely sounded better than during this period. For the Swings Brightly set (which gets a slight edge over the other one), Fitzgerald sticks mostly to familiar standards and is particularly memorable […]

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Ella’s solo vocal performance earned the album a Grammy in 1962. Why Riddle did not receive an Grammy for his arrangements over this period is a crime and a mystery (he finally received due recognition in the early 1980’s after fashioning Linda Ronstadt’s standards album “What’s New?”). […]

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