Romance & Rhythm (box) CD (2012)

Artist: Ella Fitzgerald

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Label Proper U.k.
SKU 63727218
UPC 805520020749
UPC 14 00805520020749
Format CD
Release Date 1/13/2012
Author Ella Fitzgerald
Associated Artist/Work Armstrong, Louis
Associated Artist/Work Bashung, Alain
Associated Artist/Work Basie, Count
Associated Artist/Work Callaway, Ann Hampton
Associated Artist/Work Cole, Nat
Associated Artist/Work Cole, Nat "King"
Associated Artist/Work Duboc, Jane
Associated Artist/Work Ella Fitzgerald & Her Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Ellington Edward Kennedy
Associated Artist/Work Ellington, Duke
Associated Artist/Work Flanagan, Tommy
Associated Artist/Work Holiday, Billie
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Peterson, Oscar
Associated Artist/Work Washington, Dinah
Associated Artist/Work Webb, Chick
Associated Artist/Work Webb, Chick (Drummer)
Associated Artist/Work Wilson, Nancy
Technical Info
CatalogID 74
Lable Name Proper Records
Released 08/17/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 4
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00805520020749
Musical Guests
Ellis Larkins
Louis Armstrong
Chick Webb
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Chick Webb & His Orchestra, Ellis Larkins, Louis Armstrong.
The four-disc Ella Fitzgerald box set released by Proper is one of the most complete assessments of her early career, with 100 songs taking listeners from her debut with the orchestra of Chick Webb in 1935 all the way to the end of her Decca contract in 1952. (As fans will know, this set says nothing about the wonderful things she was about to accomplish with the Verve label in the '50s and '60s.) During her Webb and Decca years, Ella performed a mixture of light novelties and sturdy standards (or soon-to-be standards), with the dreaded novelties ("A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "Stone Cold Dead in the Market [He Had It Coming]") usually paying the way for the songs she liked to sing (and her fans liked to hear). Although her prewar and postwar period is often maligned, or unfairly compared to her later standard of excellence, Ella (like Billie Holiday) was able to spin gold -- or at least silver -- out of nearly everything she recorded. An added bonus is Decca's pairing of her with their other stars of the period, like Louis Armstrong, the Ink Spots, and Louis Jordan. ~ John Bush

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