The Jerome Kern Songbook

The Jerome Kern Songbook

by Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald


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Ella Fitzgerald is rightfully adored for her superb, often-definitive interpretations of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, and Gershwin tunes, which are well documented in her Song Book series. The addition of Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book to Fitzgerald's discography is welcome. Recorded in 1963, the album proves Fitzgerald's voice as golden as ever. Yet age was beginning to color her singing a bit, and that texture adds a beautiful dimension to songs like the dark "Why Was I Born?" and the yearning "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man." Nelson Riddle's charts are typically smart and swinging, with a lush, full sound that balances punch and lyricism. Fitzgerald's ebullient delivery and honey-rich timbre bring out the humor of "A Fine Romance," the wistfulness of "I'm Old Fashioned," and the tender romance of "The Way You Look Tonight," putting her distinctive stamp on each. It's sure to please fans of Kern and big-band standards, and for aficionados of Fitzgerald's other Song Book albums, this is a must. ~ Anthony Tognazzini

Product Details

Release Date: 02/15/2005
Label: Imports
UPC: 0075021034754
catalogNumber: 1053402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buddy Collette   Woodwind
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Ted Nash   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano
Ronnie Lang   Alto Saxophone
Felix Slatkin   Violin
Victor Arno   Violin
Israel Baker   Violin
John Cave   French Horn
Joe Comfort   Bass
James A. Decker   French Horn
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Harry Klee   Woodwind
Joe Koch   Woodwind
Ray Kramer   Cello
Dan Lube   Violin
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Arthur Maebe   French Horn
Vito Mangano   Trumpet
Dick Nash   Trombone
George Neikrug   Cello
Nelson Riddle   Conductor,Accompaniment
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Lou Raderman   Violin
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Nathan Ross   Violin
Emmet Sargeant   Cello
Wilbur Schwartz   Woodwind
George Seaberg   Trumpet
Tommy Shepard   Trombone
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Ann Mason Stockton   Harp
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Champ Webb   Woodwind
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Alex Beller   Violin
Joseph Saxon   Cello
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Victor Bay   Violin
Kurt Reher   Cello
Barbara Simons   Viola
Justin DiTullio   Cello
David Pratt   Cello
William Vanden Burg   Cello
Frank Emilio Flynn   Drums
Carroll Lewis   Trumpet
Sidney Sharp   Violin
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Alex Neimann   Viola
Robert Bain   Guitar
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Piano
William Hinshaw   French Horn

Technical Credits

Jerome Kern   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer,Audio Production
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Benny Green   Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Val Valentin   Director Of Engineering
James Gavin   Liner Notes
Hollis King   Art Direction
Bernard Dougall   Composer
Bryan Koniarz   Reissue Producer
Ken Druker   Executive Producer
Benny Green   Liner Notes

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