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Ella And Basie!

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella And Basie!

...primal jazz
UNI252 (Decca)
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1
Honeysuckle Rose

Honeysuckle Rose

Composer Fatz Waller
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
02:43 Play
2
'Deed I Do

'Deed I Do

Composer

Fred Rose, Walter Hirsch 

Band Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
02:46 Play
3
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

Composer Doris Fischer, Alan Roberts
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
03:22 Play
4
Them There Eyes

Them There Eyes

Composer Maceo Pinkard, William Tracey, Doris Tauber
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
05:09 Play
5
Dream A Little Dream Of Me

Dream A Little Dream Of Me

Composer Wilbur Schwandt, Fabian Andre
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
04:08 Play
6
Tea For Two

Tea For Two

Composer Vincent Youmans, Irving Ceasar
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
03:21 Play
7
Satin Doll

Satin Doll

Composer Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
03:21 Play
8
I'm Beginning To See The Light

I'm Beginning To See The Light

Composer Harry James, Don George, Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
04:07 Play
9
Shiny Stockings

Shiny Stockings

Composer Frank Foster
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
03:35 Play
10
My Last Affair

My Last Affair

Composer Haven A. Johnson
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
03:19 Play
11
Ain't Misbehavin'

Ain't Misbehavin'

Composer Harry Brooks, Fats Waller
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
03:15 Play
12
On The Sunny Side Of The Street

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Composer Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh
Band Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
03:06 Play
Total Running Time 42 minutes
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In July 1963, singer Ella Fitzgerald and pianist Count Basie's orchestra entered the studio for their first full-length recording session as a collective. They produced a gem for both veteran jazz fans and novices. The album features both artists in top swinging form and it is concise enough to serve as an introduction to those just beginning to explore the Basie or Fitzgerald catalogues.

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Count Basie

Count Basie

William James 'Count' Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer.
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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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'Ella and Basie!' presents the band in the role of accompanist and the group performs its task with the utmost gusto and musicality. Quincy Jones' crisp arrangements don't give individual musicians many soloing opportunities. Rather, they call for precise dynamic shifts and delicate interplay between reeds and brass, highlighting some of the musical areas over which the Basie band reigned supreme. The ensemble drops from a screaming forte to a simmering piano with ease on tunes such as the melancholy 'Satin Doll' and jumping 'Tea for Two'. A classic rhythm section of guitarist Freddie Green, bassist Buddy Catlett, drummer Sonny Payne and Basie himself heighten the energy of the band by remaining laid back yet explosive-the latter being a consequence of Payne's work behind the kit-throughout the album, which consists of a collection of down-to-mid tempo standards.

Fitzgerald, in her prime on this recording, contributes to the sense of excitement by interspersing brief snippets of scatting with boldly sung lyrics. On 'Honeysuckle Rose', the album's opener and most energetic tune, she takes her longest solo, a playful, relatively uncomplicated endeavour, intertwining with Basie's sparse comping, that transitions smoothly into a sax solo and an infectious shout-chorus finale. On 'Them There Eyes', Fitzgerald trades melodies with trumpeter Joe Newman to an obviously arranged but nevertheless swinging affect.

In contrast to her performance on the album's more fiery tracks, Fitzgerald has the opportunity to croon on the ballad 'Dream a Little Dream of Me', which features Basie on organ as well as a short lyrical trombone solo by Benny Powell. Similarly, she takes up a more subdued and forlorn tone on 'My Last Affair'.

Other high points of the album include a well developed arrangement of 'Shiny Stockings' and a dirty shuffle, 'On The Sunny Side Of The Street'. The 2004 CD re-release includes two alternate takes of 'My Last Affair' and four takes of an additional tune, 'Robbin's Nest'.

While 'Ella and Basie!' doesn't individually showcase the many talented musicians in the Count Basie Orchestra, it provides an example of a singer and a band at their most refined levels of musicianship. None of the songs are long or venture into the abstract; this album is jazz in its most primal form.

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