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Ella Fitzgerald – Sings Rodgers And Hart (Remastered) (1956/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald – Sings Rodgers And Hart (Remastered) (1956/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 55:24 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Verve Reissues

On 7 February 1956, Ella Fitzgerald was at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood to begin one of the most remarkable series of recordings in the history of modern music. Joining her was Norman Granz, the founder and guiding light behind Verve Records and his arranger and A&R man, 15-year-old Buddy Bregman. They were there to start work on Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook, it was to be the first in a series of albums where Ella explored the Great American Songbook, songwriter by songwriter.

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Ella Fitzgerald – Lullabies Of Birdland (Remastered) (1954/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald – Lullabies Of Birdland (Remastered) (1954/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 34:28 minutes | 312 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

This is the scattin’, singin’ force of nature that was Ella on Decca from 1947-55. This vintage collection of bepop and bluesy gems includes Lullaby of Birdland; Angel Eyes; Smooth Sailing; Oh, Lady Be Good!; Later; Ella Hums the Blues; How High the Moon; Flying Home, and more!

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella And Louis Again (1957/2003/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella And Louis Again (1957/2003/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 90:26 minutes | 1,54 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Front cover
Historical Mono Recording | Includes Bonus Disc with 10 additional songs

Stylistically, singer Fitzgerald and trumpeter/singer Armstrong had very different histories; he started out in Dixieland before branching out into classic jazz and swing, whereas Fitzgerald started out as a swing-oriented big-band vocalist before becoming an expert bebopper. But the two of them have no problem finding common ground on Ella and Louis Again, which is primarily a collection of vocal duets (with the backing of a solid rhythm section led by pianist Oscar Peterson). One could nit-pick about the fact that Satchmo doesn’t take more trumpet solos, but the artists have such a strong rapport as vocalists that the trumpet shortage is only a minor point.

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Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Song Book (1964/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Song Book (1964/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:25 minutes | 1024 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Verve Reissues

Recorded in 1964, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book was recorded at Radio Recorders Studio 10-H in Los Angeles, California with Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra. The album was the only songbook collection Ella recorded that concentrates on the work of a lyricist instead of a composer. Riddle created wonderfully lush arrangements, and the album was Ella’s fifth and final collaboration with the conductor and arranger during her years on the Verve label.

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Ella Fitzgerald – Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! (1961/2012) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Ella Fitzgerald – Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! (1961/2012)
DSF Stereo DSD64, 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 50:35 minutes | 2,0 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Verve Records / Analogue Productions XVRJ4053D64

Fourteen numbers from the heyday of swing, composed sometime between 1930 and 1945, played and sung time and time again in ballrooms, or on the radio to advertise biscuits or war bonds, were recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in completely new and personal interpretations in 1961.

Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! is absolutely top notch as regards to musicality; perfect recording quality, superb accompaniment by a small ensemble, with room for improvisations; it offers a wonderful opportunity to discover something new in these evergreens. The songs of this recording conjure up bygone days, with listeners in the 21st century being offered a highly personal homage to one of the most successful periods in the 100-year history of jazz!

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Ella Fitzgerald – Live at the Concertgebouw 1961 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/176,4kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald – Live at the Concertgebouw 1961 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/176,4 kHz  | Time – 57:32 minutes | 935 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Booklet, Front Cover | © Fondamenta

After a memorable performance in Berlin, 1960, Ella Fitzgerald was once again singing to a packed concert hall in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Norman Granz, serious and to the point, introduced the musicians. Lou Levy had long been accompanying Ella. The quartet took the stage with the singer herself. In her fresh, almost girlish voice and that hint of characteristic impertinence, she launched into Too Close for Comfort, followed by On a Slow Boat to China. By now the singer had the audience firmly in the palm of her hand. The performance was quite the opposite of what took place in a recording studio. Fitzgerald settled in as if she were in her living room, welcoming each spectator like a privileged guest and each song she sang, a gracefully proffered glass of champagne. The pieces had to be kept short because she had to see that all the members of the public were served. Ranging from the melancholy of Heart and Soul to her teasing in the midst of Lorelei, when she announced that she was about to strip, overall she was witty, dynamic and rousing. Just before starting You’re Driving Me Crazy, she made a request: ‘I need a handkerchief!’ and it’s easy to imagine her winking as she resumed after a brief ‘Thank you. Back to work!’ There would never be a dull moment with Ella. During the stream of joy she poured out for her audience, she always made sure to include her closest friends: composers Rodgers and Hart with My Funny Valentine; her ‘own’ George Gershwin with the oh-so-tender I’ve Got a Crush on You; not to mention the venerable ‘Mr Paganini’, when she got the words mixed up. That was the moment the audience had been waiting for – everyone knew that the ensuing scat would be captivating. Mack the Knife was the moment to give the inventory of a host of her friends and she surpassed herself with her take of Satchmo. By now, it was the end of the party, and true to herself, the hostess-with-the-mostest saw her guests out with a version of Saint Louis Blues that was as festive as it was electrifying. You could count on Ella, always resourceful, always entertaining. As Bing Crosby so aptly said, ‘Man, woman, or child, Ella is the greatest of them all’

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Ella Fitzgerald – Mack The Knife: Ella In Berlin (1960/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald – Mack The Knife: Ella In Berlin (1960/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 34:33 minutes | 826 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Verve

Recorded live in Berlin in 1960, this celebrated historical document captures Ella Fitzgerald at her peak and garnered two Grammy Awards, including one for her famous improvised version of Mack The Knife after she forgot most of the lyrics. The album has been inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame to recognize its significance.

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Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Harold Arlen Song Book (1961/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Harold Arlen Song Book (1961/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 01:40:22 minutes | 4,22 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Verve

Released in 1961, this volume in Ella Fitzgerald’s essential Songbook series spotlights composer Harold Arlen and features such beloved classics as Over The Rainbow, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive and That Old Black Magic, arranged and conducted by Billy May and produced by Norman Granz.

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Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book (1959/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book (1959/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 03:14:33 minutes | 7,86 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Verve

This 1959 six disc set from Ella Fitzgerald is the largest and most ambitious in her celebrated Song Book series, consisting of her interpretations of 59 Gershwin tunes, including her Grammy-winning version of But Not For Me. The album also marks Fitzgerald’s first collaboration with arranger Nelson Riddle, a partnership that would yield further recordings in the 1960s.

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella & Louis: The Anthology (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella & Louis: The Anthology (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 03:09:12 minutes | 2,34 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © BNF Collection

The voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are among the most personal and beautiful that the history of music has given us, transcending eras, genres and languages. In this wonderful collection we can find the legacy of this immortal duet including all their key tracks and also some rarities that connoisseurs will surely appreciate. “The Anthology” is the definitive album of Ella & Louis, which should be on every music collection.

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