Ella in Japan: 'S Wonderful

Ella in Japan: 'S Wonderful

by Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald




Ella Fitzgerald had recorded live albums in venues ranging from Newport to Berlin to Hollywood when she and a quartet led by Roy Eldridge traveled to Japan in early 1964 for a series of concerts. Norman Granz, the former Verve head and current Fitzgerald manager who accompanied the musicians on their trip, recorded the concerts for release, but the tapes sat unissued in the Verve vaults -- a victim of the surplus of Ella material already recorded but not released -- for nearly 50 years, until the 2011 two-disc reissue Ella in Japan: 'S Wonderful. In the early '60s, Japan was thick with jazz fans, and crowds swarmed the Hibiya Kokaido Public Hall in Tokyo for the January 19 show that is included on the first disc. (The second disc includes a far more exclusive affair, recorded at a hotel a few days later.) Although another live album was recorded and released just a few short months after these shows (Ella at Juan-Les-Pins), the material has few overlaps. Ella is in fine form -- as usual, she turned up the candlepower in front of an audience -- personalizing Peggy Lee's "I Love Being Here with You" early in the program, and even singing in Japanese, to the delight of the crowd, during a stirring "'S Wonderful." The quartet, including Eldrige on trumpet plus pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Bill Yancey, and drummer Gus Johnson, are quite adept at sounding bigger than a four-piece, especially on Ella's saucy "Whatever Lola Wants." (Also, an instrumental mini-set of four tracks concludes the first disc.) Raiding the vaults can be a risky proposition, but here, as with the massive four-disc Twelve Nights in Hollywood compilation, fans of Fitzgerald specifically, or great jazz singing in general, will find a wealth of great material.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2011
Label: Hip-O Select
UPC: 0602527626758
catalogNumber: 001530502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Gus Johnson   Drums
Bill Yancey   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Peggy Lee   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Frank Foster   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Richard Seidel   Producer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Harry Weinger   Executive Producer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Harry Brooks   Composer
Bill Schluger   Composer
Hughie Cannon   Composer
Michele Horie   Producer
Larry Holofcener   Composer
Haven Johnson   Composer
Sid Robin   Composer
Feldman   Composer
Hans Lengsfelder   Composer
George Weiss   Composer
Marc Myers   Liner Notes
Bart Howard   Composer
Jo Almeida   Photo Coordination

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