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Format: CD
Sku: 206902361
UPC: 602517448209
UPC 14: 00602517448209
Release Date: 3/18/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Overture ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
2. Summertime ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
3. I Wants to Stay Here ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
4. My Man's Gone Now ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
5. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
6. Buzzard Song ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
7. Bess, You Is My Woman Now ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
8. It Ain't Necessarily So ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
9. What You Want Wid Bess? ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
10. Woman Is a Summertime Thing, A ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
11. Oh, Doctor Jesus ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
12. Medley: Here Come de Honey Man, Crab Man, Oh, Dey's So Fresh and Fine (Strawberry Woman): Here Come De Honey Man / Crab Man / Oh Dey's So Fresh And Fine (Strawberry Woman) ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
13. There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
14. Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
15. Oh Lawd, I'm on My Way ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Conducted by Russ Garcia.
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by Lawrence D. Stewart and Norman Granz.
Muze PNote Producer Norman Granz oversaw two Porgy & Bess projects. The first involved Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and came together during the autumn of 1957 with brassy big band and lush orchestral arrangements by Russ Garcia. This is the classic Verve Porgy & Bess, and it's been reissued many, many times. The second, recorded during the spring and summer of 1976 and issued by RCA, brought Ray Charles together with versatile British vocalist Cleo Laine, backed by an orchestra under the direction of Frank DeVol. A comparison of these two realizations bears fascinating fruit, particularly when the medleys of street vendors are played back to back. Those peasant songs, used in real life to purvey honey, strawberries, and crabs, were gathered and notated by George Gershwin and novelist Du Bose Heyward in 1934 during a visit to Folly Island, a small barrier island ten miles south of Charleston, SC, known today as Folly Beach. As Charleston Harbor had been one of the major ports during the importation of slaves from Africa, the waterfront was mostly populated by Gullahs, a reconstituted community that retained and preserved its ancestral cultures and languages to unusual degrees. Gershwin, who even learned to chant with the Gullah, absorbed the tonalities of the street cries he heard and wove them -- along with all of the other impressions stored within his sensitive mind -- into the fabric of his opera. What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both. Her take on "Buzzard Song" (sung 19 years later by Ray Charles) is a thrilling example of this woman's intrinsic theatrical genius. Pops sounds like he really savored each duet, and his trumpet work -- not a whole lot of it, because this is not a trumpeter's opera -- is characteristically good as gold. This marvelous album stands quite well on its own, but will sound best when matched with the Ray Charles/Cleo Laine version, especially the songs of the Crab Man, of Peter the Honey Man, and his wife, Lily the Strawberry Woman. ~ arwulf arwulf

Producer: Norman Granz

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Associated Artists and Works

Armstrong, Louis
Bashung, Alain
Basie, Count
Callaway, Ann Hampton
To Ella With Love ~ Callaway, Ann Hampton
Merry Christmas From... ~ Cole, Nat
Merry Christmas From... ~ Cole, Nat "King"
Duboc, Jane
Ella Fitzgerald & Her Orchestra
Ellington Edward Kennedy
The Stockholm Concert, 1966 ~ Ellington Edward Kennedy
Ellington, Duke
The Stockholm Concert, 1966 ~ Ellington, Duke
Flanagan, Tommy
Holiday, Billie
Original Soundtrack
Peterson, Oscar
Washington, Dinah
Webb, Chick
Webb, Chick (Drummer)
Wilson, Nancy

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/18/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1958
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B0009790-02
Music Label Name Label : Verve
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : AAD
Music UPC UPC : 00602517448209

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Fitzgerald,Ella
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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