Ella Fitzgerald records ‘Live at Mister Kelly’s’ in Chicago with the Lou Levy Trio (1958)

Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Live at Mister Kelly’s’ is an album recorded on August 10, 1958 in Chicago and released in 2007 by Verve.

Track listing : 1.Your Red Wagon (Gene de Paul, Richard M. Jones, Don Raye) – 02:59 . 2.Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 02:35 . 3.I’m Glad There Is You (Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Mertz) – 02:53 . 4.How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 02:44 . 5.Across the Alley from the Alamo (Joe Greene) – 02:14 . 6.Perdido (Juan Tizol, Ervin Drake, Hans Lengsfelder) – 05:45 . 7.The Lady Is a Tramp (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 03:01 . 8.Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 05:48 . 9.Summertime (George Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 05:00 . 10.In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Bob Hilliard, Dave Mann) – 03:55 . 11.St. Louis Blues (W.C. Handy) – 06:13 . 12.Witchcraft (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh) – 02:57 . 13.Love Me or Leave Me (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 03:48 . 14.Joe Williams’ Blues (Ella Fitzgerald) – 05:57 . 15.Porgy and Bess Medley: I Love You Porgy/Porgy, I’s You Woman Now (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)/(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 05:48 . 16.How High the Moon (Morgan Lewis, Nancy Hamilton) – 06:56 .

Musicians : Ella Fitzgerald – vocals . Lou Levy – piano . Max Bennett – double bass . Gus Johnson – drums .

Production Produced by Norman Granz . Harry Weinger – Engineer . Seth Foster – Mastering .

Packaging : Will Friedwald – Liner Notes . Hollis King – Art Direction . Kazumi Matsumoto – Graphic Design . Jan Persson – Cover Photo .

Recorded August 10, 1958 at Mister Kelly’s, Chicago .

Released in 2007 by Verve.


Those shows differed widely from this one, which found her in front of a very small audience at Chicago’s jazz Mecca Mister Kelly’s . Fitzgerald’s artistry is basically a given in this situation, but much of the material recorded here was rare and obscure. […]

This recording is Ella at her very best. It’s inexplicable why this material was buried for a half century in Verve’s vaults. Ella was on the brink of a glittering career in big indoor and outdoor venues. Here she performs in an intimate night club setting to an audience so enraptured by her singing that you could hear a pin drop. […]

The New York Times
Intimate Ella Fitzgerald, Rediscovered Remarkably, with the exception of “Ella in Hollywood” and “Live at Mr. Kelly’s,” a 1958 Chicago date, there are no Fitzgerald albums recorded live in a small club. “Mr. Kelly’s” was an eyebrow raiser because of its novelty, but it’s far inferior, musically and sonically, to the Crescendo sets. […]


Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Live at Mister Kelly’s’



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