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Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Porgy And Bess (1956/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Porgy And Bess (1956/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:06 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Porgy and Bess is a studio album by jazz vocalist and trumpeter Louis Armstrong and singer Ella Fitzgerald, released on Verve Records in 1959. The third and final of the pair’s albums for the label, it is a suite of selections from the George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. Orchestral arrangements are by Russell Garcia, who had previously arranged the 1956 jazz vocal recording The Complete Porgy and Bess.

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Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Ella and Louis (1957/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Ella and Louis (1957/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:06 minutes | 960 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Ella and Louis is a studio album by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, accompanied by the Oscar Peterson Quartet, released in October 1956. Having previously collaborated in the late 1940s for the Decca label, this was the first of three albums that Fitzgerald and Armstrong were to record together for Verve Records, later followed by 1957’s Ella and Louis Again and 1959’s Porgy and Bess.

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Ella Fitzgerald – Ella and Louis Again (1957/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald – Ella and Louis Again (1957/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:13 minutes | 741 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Ella and Louis Again is a studio album by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, released in 1957 on Verve Records. It is the sequel to their 1956 album, Ella and Louis. In contrast to their previous collaboration, this album features seven solo vocal tracks by either Armstrong or Fitzgerald amongst its dozen duet tracks. It was reissued as part of a two-compact disc set in 1995, and in The Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong on Verve in 1997. It was recorded at Capitol Studios.

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Ella Fitzgerald – Ella – The Lost Berlin Tapes (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald – Ella – The Lost Berlin Tapes (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:04 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Verve

In 1962, Ella Fitzgerald was at the height of her powers, about midway through recording her now-iconic series of “songbook” albums and, two years earlier, having released a barnstormer of a live album, Ella in Berlin, that solidified her position as one of the most talented and popular musicians working in the jazz idiom. Her only competition at the time was, essentially, Frank Sinatra and herself. During the course of 1962, she would release three albums: two complementary collaborations with Nelson Riddle that further pushed her into crossover territory without tarnishing her credibility or minimizing her skills, and the oft-overlooked Rhythm is My Business, a hard-swinging set that comes off breezy and soulful, but is a remarkable document of the strength of Fitzgerald and her band during this era. And it’s that strength that’s captured on The Lost Berlin Tapes, recorded in concert at Berlin’s Sportpalast that year. Verve Records founder Norman Granz frequently recorded live sets of many of his acts (Fitzgerald especially), and that’s what accounts for both the existence and the remarkable fidelity of these “lost” tapes. (Though they were never truly lost; Granz had just stashed them away). From a performance perspective, it’s unbelievable that this concert recording sat unheard for more than a half-century. Brimming with energy and benefiting from the confidence that can only come from being at the top of one’s game, Ella and her band careen through 17 songs with a full-throated fervor that’s greeted with an equally enthusiastic response from the crowd. The set both swings incredibly hard and evinces a cool, sophisticated polish, a combination that, again, pretty much only she and Sinatra were delivering at this scale during the era. It’s the sort of casual excellence that’s made to look deceptively easy. (And yes, she aces the version of “Mack the Knife” here.) Releases like this—especially in the aftermath of the devastating Universal fire that destroyed so many iconic album masters and so much unreleased material—prove that, even when we think a barrel has been fully scraped or a vault fully excavated, there will always be warm, welcome surprises to be found in the archives of these legendary artists. – Jason Ferguson

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Ella Fitzgerald – Like Someone In Love (1957) [Analogue Productions 2011] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Ella Fitzgerald – Like Someone In Love (1957) [APO Remaster 2011]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:56 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,16 GB
or FLAC Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/44,1 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 581 MB

Recorded around the same time as her groundbreaking work with Louis Armstrong, this album is representative of Fitzgerald’s best vocal work. Recorded over a two-day period in October, 1957, Fitzgerald sings familiar ballads on this release accompanied by lush orchestral arrangements courtesy of Frank DeVol, with tenor sax legend Stan Getz contributing to four songs.

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Various Artists – Six Queens Of Jazz Vocal (2016) [Esoteric Japan] (6x SACD Box Set) PS3 ISO + FLAC

VA – 6 Queens Of Jazz Vocal (2016) [Esoteric Japan] (6x SACD Box Set)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 227:38 minutes | Scans included | 10 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 5,43 GB

ESOTERIC Company proudly introduces a new series of Re-mastered Jazz Masterpiece Collection. The reissue of historical music masterpieces by ESOTERIC has attracted a lot of attention, both for its uncompromising commitment to recreating the original master sound, and for using SACD technology to improve sound quality. This Box Set of “Six Queens Of Jazz Vocal” features iconic releases of Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Carmen McRae, Helen Merrill, Monica Zetterlund, and Peggy Lee. Experience the legendary performance in this new format. Not only for new followers, but also for well experienced followers of these recorded materials. All will be equally impressed by the “soul” hidden within the notes, but never before found in previously released recordings in any format.

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella & Louis Again (1957/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella & Louis Again (1957/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:30:18 minutes | 1,78 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Verve Reissues

Ella & Louis Again (192kHz/24-bit/Reissue) by Ella Fitzgerald.

In 1957 Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong teamed up for their second recording of popular tunes drawn mostly from the “Great American Songbook”. Produced by the legendary Norman Granz, this album features an all-star group of musicians including Armstrong on vocals and trumpet, Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass and Louie Bellson on drums.

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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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