The Legendary, Vol. 1

The Legendary, Vol. 1

by Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald


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The first of a five-volume series from the obscure British label Acrobat, The Legendary, Vol. 1 concentrates on the series of late-'30s sides recorded by Ella Fitzgerald at the dawn of her career, usually fronting the Chick Webb Orchestra for an occasional vocal feature or appearing with a smaller studio band. While early on, Ella's superior talent at reading a song was evident only occasionally, the swing powerhouse that was the Webb band became the perfect vehicle for her extroverted talents. Highlights include "My Melancholy Baby" with Teddy Wilson, "Goodnight My Love" with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, and the Chick Webb features "When I Get Low I Get High" and "Sing Me a Swing Song (And Let Me Dance)." For the collectors who want all of her material, there's the excellent chronological series on Classics, while listeners new to Ella will far prefer a less exhausting collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2002
Label: Acrobat
UPC: 0824046510626
catalogNumber: 106

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mills Brothers   Vocals
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
John Kirby   Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Cozy Cole   Drums
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Benny Morton   Trombone
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Edgar Sampson   Alto Saxophone
Chick Webb   Drums
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Red Ballard   Trombone
Mario Bauzá   Trumpet
Jerry Blake   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Wayman Carver   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Pete Clark   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Fulford   Piano
Harry Goodman   Bass
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Claude Jones   Trombone
Don Kirkpatrick   Piano
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Teddy McRae   Tenor Saxophone,Baritone
Beverly Peer   Bass
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Lennie Stanfield   Bass
Nat Story   Trombone
John Trueheart   Banjo,Guitar
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Bill DePew   Alto Saxophone
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Peter Gamble   Liner Notes

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