Sunday, August 12, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Ella Fitzgerald
Album:First Lady Of Song
Because Ella Fitzgerald was so famous, people tend to forget that given the opportunity, she could jam with her voice better than most fellow musicians could jam with their instruments. And most guys knew that and that's why they loved working with her. This version of Perdido illustrates that. This 3CD box set First Lady Of Song covers Ella's recordings on Verve from 1949-66. Perdido is from one of Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic all star bands. This was recorded in Tokyo Nov. 1953. You can get these recordings on a 2CD set called J.A.T.P. In Tokyo. It really is an all star band. You have Ella Fitzgerald on vocals, Roy Eldridge & Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Bill Harris on trombone, Willie Smith & Benny Carter on alto sax, Ben Webster & Flip Phillips on tenor sax, Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass and J.C. Heard on drums. Though Perdido is the first track on First Lady Of Song, it was actually the closing number in the J.A.T.P. concert. It doesn't get much better than this. Here's Ella Fitzgerald performing Angel Eyes in 1957.