I LOVE This Album....

Reviewed by mojo

This (well, "Volume 1", at least) was the very first CD I ever purchased. Back in the late '80s, I spent about a solid week's pay on a new-fangled portable CD player, and to celebrate my Favorite Brother and I went to the record store (as they were known back then!) to purchase our first CDs.

The record store still sold mostly LPs, but there was a small display of converted cassette holders around five feet long that housed their impressive CD collection.

I forget what my Favorite Brother bought--I want to say it was Michael Jackson's "Bad", which he bought me as a joke, but that might have come later--but in perusing the limited selection I stumbled on this Cole Porter CD and decided to buy it because I liked Cole Porter, especially Kiss Me, Kate (yes, on top of my many other charms I am also a musical theater geek; gosh, just when you thought Mojo couldn't possibly get any cuddlier, huh?), and there were a few songs from that on this collection. And, as I explained to my Favorite Brother, "I hear that this Ella Fitzgerald woman is a good singer, so it shouldn't be too bad."

Funny how life is sometimes like that, huh?

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook

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(From Wikipedia)

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook is a 1956 album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by a studio orchestra conducted and arranged by Buddy Bregman, focusing on the songs of Cole Porter. This was Fitzgerald's first album for the newly created Verve Records. Fitzgerald's time on the Verve label would see her produce her most highly acclaimed recordings, at the peak of her vocal powers. This album inaugurated Fitzgerald's Songbook series, each of the eight albums in the series focusing on a different composer of the canon known as the Great American Songbook. Fitzgerald's manager, (and the producer of many of her albums), Norman Granz, visited Cole Porter at the Waldolf-Astoria, and played him this entire album. Afterwards, Porter merely remarked, "My, what marvelous diction that girl has".

This album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance." In 2003, it was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

Recorded February 7 – March 27, 1956, Hollywood, Los Angeles:

     Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals
     Pete Candoli – Trumpet
     Harry "Sweets" Edison
     Maynard Ferguson
     Conrad Gozzo
     Milt Bernhart – Trombone
     Joe Howard
     Lloyd Ulyate
     George Roberts – Trombone (Bass), Trombone (Baritone)
     Bob Cooper – Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone (Tenor)
     Herb Geller – Clarinet, Saxophone (Alto)
     Chuck Gentry – Clarinet (Bass), Saxophone (Baritone)
     Ted Nash – Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone (Tenor)
     Bud Shank – Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone (Alto)
     Robert LaMarchina – Cello
     Edgar Lustgarten
     Corky Hale – Harp
     Barney Kessel – Guitar
     Joe Mondragon – Double Bass
     Paul Smith – Piano, Celeste
     Alvin Stoller – Percussion, drums
     Buddy Bregman – Arranger, Conductor

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