Twelve Nights in Hollywood

Twelve Nights in Hollywood

by Ella Fitzgerald



An appearance in Hollywood for a first-rate jazz vocalist was not necessarily an opportunity to broadcast your visage and pander to everyone from Tacoma to Tallahassee. It could also include a date at the Crescendo, the Sunset Strip's best chance to find premier jazz. Gene Norman's nightclub hosted dozens of jazz legends (and a comic or two), and produced more than its share of excellent LPs recorded on location. Better even than Mel Tormé's 1954 classic, the Ella Fitzgerald LP that resulted from her May 1961 appearances generated one of the best (and certainly most underrated) live records in her discography -- and almost 50 years later, it became a four-CD set compiling ten days' worth of performances. All of her hallmarks (technical wizardry, breakneck scatting, irrepressible humor and warmth) are on full display, with a small but expressive quartet backing her performance, including pianist Lou Levy, guitarist Herb Ellis, drummer Gus Johnson, and bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks. Although it's full of brilliance, the highlights are clear: a seven-minute scat masterpiece of "Take the 'A' Train," with chorus after chorus of variations, and the shorter but still excellent "Mr. Paganini." The balladry is masterful as well, with "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" high on the list. Verve label-head Norman Granz recorded each of Ella Fitzgerald's sets between May 11th and 21st, 1961, at the Crescendo, and Twelve Nights in Hollywood contains the fruits of that labor -- 75 songs with nary a repeat in the list (although the fourth disc actually consists of a 1962 date finding Fitzgerald back at the Crescendo). Although its comprehensiveness may be a hindrance, Twelve Nights in Hollywood is a classic glimpse of Ella at her on-stage best.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2009
Label: Hip-O Select
UPC: 0602527044026
catalogNumber: 001292002


Disc 1

  1. Introduction
  2. Lover Come Back To Me
  3. Too Close For Comfort
  4. Little White Lies
  5. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  6. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  7. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
  8. I Found a New Baby
  9. On a Slow Boat To China
  10. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
  11. Perdido
  12. I've Got a Crush On You
  13. But Not For Me
  14. You Brought a New Kind of Love To Me
  15. Across the Alley From the Alamo
  16. I'm Glad There is You
  17. 'Round Midnight
  18. Take the 'A' Train
  19. Mr. Paganini

Disc 2

  1. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  2. I Can't Get Started
  3. Give Me the Simple Life
  4. Caravan
  5. One For My Baby
  6. Lorelei
  7. A-Tisket, a-Tasket
  8. Witchcraft
  9. Gone With the Wind
  10. Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe
  11. It's De-Lovely
  12. The Lady is a Tramp
  13. That Old Black Magic
  14. Lullaby of Birdland
  15. Ella Introduces the Band
  16. Imagination
  17. Blue Moon
  18. Joe Williams' Blues

Disc 3

  1. The Lady's In Love With You
  2. Love is Here To Stay
  3. Come Rain or Come Shine
  4. Anything Goes
  5. This Could Be the Start of Something Big
  6. Candy
  7. Little Girl Blue
  8. You're Driving Me Crazy
  9. It's All Right With Me
  10. Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)
  11. 'S Wonderful
  12. How High the Moon
  13. Deep Purple
  14. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
  15. Mack the Knife
  16. Exactly Like You
  17. Rock It For Me
  18. Stompin' At the Savoy
  19. Love For Sale
  20. St. Louis Blues

Disc 4

  1. All of Me
  2. Hard Hearted Hannah
  3. Broadway
  4. My Kind of Boy
  5. It Had To Be You
  6. C'est Magnifique
  7. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  8. When Your Lover Has Gone
  9. Taking a Chance On Love
  10. Good Morning Heartache
  11. Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie!
  12. Hallelujah I Love Him So
  13. Angel Eyes
  14. Ol' Man Mose
  15. Teach Me Tonight
  16. Medley: Too Darn Hot/Ella's Twist [Medley]
  17. Too Darn Hot
  18. Bewitched
  19. Bill Bailey
  20. Bill Bailey Reprise

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Stan Levey   Drums
Lou Levy   Piano
Gus Johnson   Drums
Wilfred Middlebrooks   Bass
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Piano

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
George Shearing   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Van Alexander   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Bob Bigelow   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Billy Byrd   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Teddy McRae   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Paul Mertz   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Zilner Randolph   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Richard Seidel   Liner Notes
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Val Valentin   Engineer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
George David Weiss   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Sam Coslow   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Charles Bates   Composer
Kay Werner   Composer
Bart Forbes   Cover Illustration
Joe Greene   Composer
Hughie Cannon   Composer
Andrew Skurow   Tape Research
Sue Werner   Composer
Margot Woroboff   Legal Counsel
Earl K. Brent   Composer

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