PABLO CD OJCCD 974-2: ELLA FITZGERALD - Ella in London, 1989 USA
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Background for this listing -
Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), also known as the "First Lady of Song", "Queen of Jazz", and "Lady Ella", was an American jazz and song vocalist. With a vocal range spanning three octaves (D♭3 to D♭6), she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.

Fitzgerald was a notable interpreter of the Great American Songbook.[2] Over the course of her 59-year recording career, she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.

As Will Friedwald noted,

Unlike any other singer you could name, Fitzgerald has the most amazing asset in the very sound of her voice: it's easily one of the most beautiful and sonically perfect sounds known to man. Even if she couldn't do anything with it, the instrument that Fitzgerald starts with is dulcet and pure and breathtakingly beautiful. As Henry Pleasants has observed, she has a wider range than most opera singers, and many of the latter, including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, are among her biggest fans. And the intonation that goes with the voice is, to put it conservatively, God-like. Fitzgerald simply exists in tune, and she hits every note that there is without the slightest trace of effort. Other singers tend to sound like they're trying to reach up to a note - Fitzgerald always sounds like she's already there. If anything, she's descending from her heavenly perch and swooping down to whatever pitch she wants.

Henry Pleasants, an American classical-music critic, wrote this about her:

She has a lovely voice, one of the warmest and most radiant in its natural range that I have heard in a lifetime of listening to singers in every   category. She has an impeccable and ultimately sophisticated rhythmic sense, and flawless intonation. Her harmonic sensibility is extraordinary. She is endlessly inventive... it is not so much what she does, or even the way she does it, it's what she does not do. What she    does not do, putting it simply as possible, is anything wrong. There is simply nothing in performance to which one would take exception... Everything seems to be just right. One would not want it any other way. Nor can one, for a moment imagine it any other way. Fitzgerald had an extraordinary vocal range. A mezzo-soprano (who sang much lower than most classical contraltos), she had a range of “2 octaves and a sixth from a low D or D flat to a high C flat and possibly higher”.

Ella in London is a 1974 live album by Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by a quartet led by the pianist Tommy Flanagan.

It is significant as Fitzgerald's only live album recorded in England, although a decade earlier she had recorded four songs for her 1964 album Hello, Dolly! in London. This live date was recorded at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in Soho.

This is one of Ella Fitzgerald's most enjoyable recordings from her later years. With pianist Tommy Flanagan, guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Keter Betts, and drummer Bobby Durham serving as a backup group (not a bad band), she swings everything from "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "It Don't Mean a Thing" to "Lemon Drop" and even Carole King's "You've Got a Friend." Her ballad interpretations are only topped by her scatting talents. This set serves as a perfect introduction to the mature Ella Fitzgerald.             

The legendary Ronnie Scott's was the definitive jazz club in London. Throughout its history, the club has played host to the greatest jazz performers in the world. This magnetic live set, which was recorded at Ronnie Scott's on April 11, 1974, is one of the best live albums ever recorded at the venue. Backed by a tight and lively quartet featuring her longtime cohorts Joe Pass on guitar and Tommy Flanagan on piano, Fitzgerald sings as well as she ever has. From a saucy "Sweet Georgia Brown," featuring  an astonishing scat break, to a mellow "The Man I Love," the program is flawless. Even James Taylor's soft and understated "You've Got a Friend" sounds robust and full-bodied. An excellent example of live small-combo jazz.

This listing is for a very rare, out of print CD title - a MINT, FACTORY SEALED CD PRESSED and ISSUED by PABLO / FANTASY Records of a highly collectible title from their catalog - a superb title featuring -

ELLA FITZGERALD

CD title -
ELLA IN LONDON

Track listing:
1. "Sweet Georgia Brown" (Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey, Maceo Pinkard) – 3:15
2. "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 4:12
3. "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" (Cole Porter) – 2:57
4. "The Man I Love" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) – 8:10
5. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 7:25
6. "You've Got a Friend" (Carole King) – 6:46
7. "Lemon Drop" (George Wallington) – 3:48
8. "The Very Thought of You" (Ray Noble) – 4:13
9. "Happy Blues" (Ella Fitzgerald) – 6:00

Performers on this item include -
Ella Fitzgerald - vocals
Tommy Flanagan Quartet:
Tommy Flanagan - piano
Joe Pass - guitar
Keter Betts - double bass
Bobby Durham - drums

The CD is from the PABLO / FANTASY Records series of out of print CDs.

CD catalog # OJCCD 974-2 (2310-711)
CD was issued in 1998
CD was made in the USA
Recorded April 11, 1974 at Ronnie Scott’s, London, England

The CD, JEWEL CASE AND INSERT are all in MINT condition! The CD is actually SEALED - (could be a re-seal from the manufacturer or distributor).

This CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Pablo CD OJCCD 974-2 SS
  • Manufacturer: Pablo Records
  • Condition: New

PABLO CD OJCCD 974-2: ELLA FITZGERALD - Ella in London, 1989 USA

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