Bluella: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Blues

Bluella: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Blues

by Ella Fitzgerald


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Part of a Fantasy sampler series that features musicians (and in this case a notable vocalist) performing the blues, this CD features Ella Fitzgerald on 11 performances taken from a variety of sessions. Although she never specialized in the blues, Ella had no difficulty swinging over blues changes and sometimes putting strong emotion into the lowdown variety. There is one song apiece from the 1950s and '60s, while the remainder of the program dates from 1971-1979. Ella's rendition of "C-Jam Blues" at the Santa Monica Civic in 1972 is a true classic, and other highlights include "Duke's Place" (with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1966), "I'm Walkin'," and the lengthy "Basella," with Count Basie's big band. But the material is easily available in more complete form elsewhere, making this reissue more of a sampler for casual fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/03/1996
Label: Pablo
UPC: 0025218096027
catalogNumber: 2310960
Rank: 162714

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Count Basie   Piano
Louie Bellson   Drums
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Mercer Ellington   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Pete Minger   Trumpet
Joe Pass   Guitar
Paul Smith   Piano
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Jackie Davis   Organ
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Chuck Connors   Trombone
Keter Betts   Bass
Ray Brown   Bass,Trumpet
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Paul Cohen   Trumpet
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Joe Comfort   Bass
Buster Cooper   Trombone
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Frank DeLaRosa   Bass
Eric Dixon   Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
J.C. Heard   Drums
Kenny Hing   Saxophone
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Gus Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Bobby Plater   Saxophone
Mickey Roker   Drums
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Tunia   Piano
Danny Turner   Saxophone
Mel Wanzo   Trombone
Dennis Wilson   Trombone
Mitchell Wood   Trombone
Herbie Jones   Trumpet
Bobby Durham   Drums

Technical Credits

Norman Granz   Producer
Lee Jeske   Liner Notes
Duke Ellington   Contributor
Count Basie Orchestra   Contributor
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Richard Duarte   Engineer

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