Best of the Verve Songbooks: Love Songs

Best of the Verve Songbooks: Love Songs

by Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald
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Are you one of those people who can't walk through the jazz section without mooning over the lavishly packaged and heart-droppingly expensive 16-disc Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books set? If so, you're not alone, and Verve knows it. So to keep you from bemoaning your fate, the company has been releasing single-disc compilations drawn from the set -- the first was an overview entitled Best of the Song Books: The Collection, the second a perfect bachelor pad accessory called simply Best of the Song Books: The Ballads. This latest one appears redundant at first glance -- why follow Best of the Song Books: The Ballads with Best of the Song Books: Love Songs? -- but a listen dispels that impression quickly. Though there are several excellent slow numbers, including glorious versions of "Prelude to a Kiss" and "I Concentrate on You," the album is dominated by mid- and uptempo standards such as "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "I Let a Song Go out of My Heart" and "Love You Madly." The settings vary from the lush orchestrations of Nelson Riddle and Billy May to standard small-group arrangements, though the focus is on larger ensembles. That's kind of too bad, since Ella always seemed to loosen up a bit more with her small groups -- one of the most beautiful moments on this disc is her rendition of "Solitude," on which she is accompanied only by Barney Kessel's guitar. But every track is a wonder, and though it won't stop you from pining after the whole thing, this disc is a welcome window on the Song Books set.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/1996
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731453176225
catalogNumber: 531762

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Buddy Collette   Woodwind
Bob Cooper   Clarinet,English Horn,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Herb Geller   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Billy May   Conductor
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Ted Nash   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Bud Shank   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Shorty Baker   Trumpet
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Lou Levy   Piano
Abe Most   Clarinet
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Buddy Bregman   Conductor,Track Performer
Justin Gordon   Woodwind
Corky Hale   Harp
Bob Bain   Guitar
Felix Slatkin   Violin,Vocals
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Victor Arno   Vocals
Israel Baker   Violin,Vocals
Norman Benno   Bassoon,Oboe
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
John Cave   French Horn
Gene Cipriano   Woodwind
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Joe Comfort   Bass
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Irving Cottler   Drums
James A. Decker   French Horn
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano
Walter Edelstein   Violin
Frank Flynn   Drums
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Gasselin   Violin,Vocals
Chuck Gentry   Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
James Getzoff   Violin,Vocals
Benny Gill   Violin,Vocals
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Milt Holland   Glockenspiel,Marimbas,Xylophone,Timpani,Vibes,Tubular Bells
Jules Jacob   Woodwind
Kathyrine Julye   Harp
Armand Karpoff   Cello,Viola
Harry Klee   Flute,Woodwind
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Joe Koch   Woodwind
Ray Kramer   Cello
Dan Lube   Violin,Cello
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Vito Mangano   Trumpet
Wilfred Middlebrooks   Bass
Dick Nash   Trombone
George Neikrug   Cello
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Erno Neufeld   Violin,Vocals
Lou Raderman   Violin,Vocals
Emil Radocchia   Percussion
Emil Richards   Percussion,Marimbas
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Nathan Ross   Violin,Vocals
Mischa Russell   Concert Master
Jack Ryan   Bass
John Sanders   Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz   Woodwind
George Seaberg   Trumpet
Tommy Shepard   Flute,Trombone
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Stuff Smith   Bass,Violin
George "Harmonica" Smith   Clarinet
Marshall Sosson   Violin,Vocals
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Fred Stulce   Clarinet
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Gerald Vinci   Violin,Vocals
Champ Webb   Woodwind
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor,Track Performer
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Alex Beller   Violin,Vocals
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Victor Bay   Vocals
Stanley Harris   Viola
Murray Kellner   Violin,Vocals
Richard L. Noel   Trombone
Kurt Reher   Cello
Eudice Shapiro   Vocals
Barbara Simons   Viola
Lloyd W. Hildebrand   Bassoon
Arnold Koblentz   English Horn,Oboe
Henry Beau   Woodwind
Karl de Karske   Bass Trombone
Dale McMickle   Trumpet
Joe Stepansky   Violin
Billy May Orchestra   Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Carroll Lewis   Trumpet
Howard Terry   Bassoon
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Joe Howard   Trombone
Veryle Brilhart   Harp
Seymour Schoneberg   Oboe
Alex Neimann   Viola
Misha Russel   Violin,Concert Master
William Smith   Woodwind
Robert LaMarchina   Cello
William Hinshaw   French Horn

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Billy May   Arranger
Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer,Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Bret Primack   Liner Notes
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Walter Sheets   Arranger
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
Jeff Fulvimari   Illustrations,Cover Design
Lisa Po-Ying   Art Direction
Chris Thompson   Art Direction

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