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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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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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