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Ella & Louis / Ella & Louis Again

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella & Louis / Ella & Louis Again

...stands the test of time
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1
Can't We Be Friends?

Can't We Be Friends?

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Kay Swift, Paul James
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
03:48 Play
2
Isn't This A Lovely Day?

Isn't This A Lovely Day?

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
06:17 Play
3
Moonlight In Vermont

Moonlight In Vermont

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, John Blackburn, Karl Suessdorf
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
03:43 Play
4
They Can't Take That Away From Me

They Can't Take That Away From Me

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
04:40 Play
5
Under A Blanket Of Blue

Under A Blanket Of Blue

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Jerry Livingston
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
04:20 Play
6
Tenderly

Tenderly

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Jack Lawrence, Walter Gross
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
05:14 Play
7
A Foggy Day

A Foggy Day

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
04:33 Play
8
Stars Fell On Alabama

Stars Fell On Alabama

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Mitchell Parish, Frank Perkins
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
03:34 Play
9
Cheek To Cheek

Cheek To Cheek

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
05:54 Play
10
The Nearness Of You

The Nearness Of You

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
05:43 Play
11
April In Paris

April In Paris

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Edgar Harburg
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
06:37 Play
12
Don't Be That Way

Don't Be That Way

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Edgar Sampson, Mitchell Parish, Benny Goodman
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
04:59 Play
13
Makin' Whoopee

Makin' Whoopee

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Walter Donaldson
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
03:57 Play
14
They All Laughed

They All Laughed

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
03:50 Play
15
Comes Love

Comes Love

Composer Louis Armstrong, Lew Brown, Charles Tobias, Sam Stept
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
02:28 Play
16
Autumn In New York

Autumn In New York

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Vernon Duke
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
06:00 Play
17
Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)

Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cole Porter
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
08:43 Play
18
Stompin' At The Savoy

Stompin' At The Savoy

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Andy Razaf, Chick Webb, Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
05:16 Play
19
I Won't Dance

I Won't Dance

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Jerome Kern
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
04:47 Play
20
Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You?

Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You?

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Don Redman
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
04:14 Play
21
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
04:16 Play
22
These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Jack Strackey, Holt Marvell
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
07:41 Play
23
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
03:13 Play
24
Willow Weep For Me

Willow Weep For Me

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Ann Ronell
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
04:20 Play
25
I'm Puttin' All My Eggs In One Basket

I'm Puttin' All My Eggs In One Basket

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
03:29 Play
26
A Fine Romance

A Fine Romance

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
03:54 Play
27
Ill Wind

Ill Wind

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
03:45 Play
28
Love Is Here To Stay

Love Is Here To Stay

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Kay George Gershwin
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
04:01 Play
29
I Get A Kick Out Of You

I Get A Kick Out Of You

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cole Porter
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
04:21 Play
30
Learnin' The Blues

Learnin' The Blues

Composer Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Dolores Vicki Silvers
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
07:11 Play
Total Running Time 145 minutes
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Ella and Louis go through a spot-on selection of standards and previous hits with grace and panache. The chemistry between them is evident from the moment 'Can't We Be Friends' starts playing and is never once lost through the remainder of the album. This album was named 'One Of The 40 Best Recordings Of All Time' by The Absolute Sound.

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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

Dubbed ‘The First Lady of Song,' Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums.
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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was the first important soloist to emerge in jazz. As a trumpet virtuoso, his playing charted a future for jazz in highly imaginative, emotionally charged improvisation.
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Was there ever a match made in heaven like singer Ella Fitzgerald and singer/trumpeter Louis Armstrong? When Norman Granz had them together on the Verve label, the impulse to put them together in the studio had to be irresistible. And it was a terrific move, resulting in three terrific albums: Ella and Louis, Ella and Louis Again and Porgy and Bess. Their work together is a highlight of the 1950s, a busy time for classic vocal jazz records, and both were in fine form on these dates, Fitzgerald's sweetly melodic voice contrasting nicely with Armstrong's coarse rasp. And both were also riding the crest of popular success, Fitzgerald peeling off terrific record after terrific record while Armstrong was an elder statesman who, if not quite as popular as he was a few decades ago, had become one of the world's most beloved entertainers.

This two-CD compilation collects all of the studio duets the pair recorded, and therefore some of the original releases aren't represented in their entirety. The first eight tracks were recorded for Decca with large orchestras in the late 1940s and early 1950s and give a promise of greater things; the singing is fine, the material isn't. The rest of the first disc presents the entire Ella and Louis 1956 session is much better in execution for a couple of reasons. First the songs are much better-"Cheek To Cheek" is a small classic-and the accompaniment by pianist Oscar Peterson and his trio (joined by drummer Buddy Rich) ups the swing ante considerably. Fitzgerald and Armstrong sound positively ebullient together, scatting and swinging their way through tunes by Gershwin, Berlin and Duke Ellington, and other well-known material, proving that putting two gifted performers with the right backing and the right song will create a magical song.

Ella and Louis Again, recorded the following year is even more of the same: a double album that brought the same team together (with Louis Bellson replacing Rich). However, only about two-thirds of the original record is here, since portions of it were recorded as solo artists. Still, Granz was canny enough to know not to monkey with a good thing, and in some ways this collection of songs is even better than the first, with absolutely terrific versions of "Don't Be That Way" and "Stompin' at the Savoy." "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" is a perfect use of the format, even if it's hard to imagine the two of them ever getting into a serious argument about anything. "Autumn in New York" may be the best thing the two ever recorded, a beautifully tender readind with a nice trumpet solo to boot.

This double album captures some of the finest Jazz vocal work of the past century which set a new standard for vocal duets in the modern era.

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