Donnerstag, 8. September 2016

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella And Louis Again (1957)


Recorded in 1957, "Ella & Louis Again" re-teams Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong after the success of their first album and a popular series of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl the previous year.

Stylistically, Fitzgerald and Armstrong had very different histories; he started out in Dixieland before branching out into classic jazz and swing, whereas Fitzgerald started out as a swing-oriented big-band vocalist before becoming an expert bebopper.

But the two of them have no problem finding common ground on "Ella & Louis Again", which is primarily a collection of vocal duets (with the backing of a solid rhythm section led by pianist Oscar Peterson). One could nitpick about the fact that Satchmo doesn't take more trumpet solos, but the artists have such a strong rapport as vocalists that the trumpet shortage is only a minor point. Some selections find either Fitzgerald or Armstrong singing without the other, although they're together more often than not on this fine set.        

Tracklist:

A1 Don't Be That Way 4:56
A2 They All Laughed 3:47
A3 Autumn In New York 5:57
A4 Stompin' At The Savoy 5:14
A5 I Won't Dance 4:46
A6 I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm 3:08
B1 Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You? 4:13
B2 Let's Call The Whole Thing Off 4:12
B3 I'm Puttin' All My Eggs In One Basket 3:28
B4 A Fine Romance 3:50
B5 Love Is Here To Stay 3:58
B6 Learnin' The Blues 7:12


Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella And Louis Again (1957)
(256 kbps, front cover included)     

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