November 28, 2009

PEAK PERFORMANCE:

Intimate Ella Fitzgerald, Rediscovered (FRED KAPLAN, 11/29/09, NY Times)

[V]erve has just released “Twelve Nights in Hollywood,” a four-CD boxed set of Ella Fitzgerald singing 76 songs at the Crescendo, a small jazz club in Los Angeles, in 1961 and ’62 — and none of it has ever been released until now.

These aren’t bootlegs; the CDs were mastered from the original tapes, which were produced by Norman Granz, Verve’s founder and Fitzgerald’s longtime manager.

They capture the singer in her peak years, and at top form: more relaxed, swinging and adventurous, across a wider span of rhythms and moods, than on the dozens of other albums that hit the bins in her lifetime.


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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 28, 2009 5:54 AM
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