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Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook
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Album: Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook
# Song Title   Time
1)    Too Marvelous For Words More Info... 2:34
2)    Early Autumn More Info... 3:52
3)    Day In Day Out More Info... 2:50
4)    Laura More Info... 3:46
5)    This Time The Dream's On Me More Info... 2:57
6)    Skylark More Info... 3:13
7)    Single-O More Info... 3:23
8)    Something's Gotta Give More Info... 2:37
9)    Trav'lin Light More Info... 3:51
10)    Midnight Sun More Info... 4:58
11)    Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue) More Info... 3:01
12)    I Remember You More Info... 3:41
13)    When A Woman Loves A Man More Info... 3:51
 

Album: Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook
# Song Title   Time
1)    Too Marvelous For Words More Info... 2:34
2)    Early Autumn More Info... 3:52
3)    Day In Day Out More Info... 2:50
4)    Laura More Info... 3:46
5)    This Time The Dream's On Me More Info... 2:57
6)    Skylark More Info... 3:13
7)    Single-O More Info... 3:23
8)    Something's Gotta Give More Info... 2:37
9)    Trav'lin Light More Info... 3:51
10)    Midnight Sun More Info... 4:58
11)    Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue) More Info... 3:01
12)    I Remember You More Info... 3:41
13)    When A Woman Loves A Man More Info... 3:51
 
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Tracks

1. Too Marvelous For Words

2. Early Autum

3. Day In Day Out

4. Laura From The Film Laura

5. This Time The Dream's On Me

6. Skylark

7. Singlr-O

8. Somethings Gotta Give

9. Trav'lin' Light

10. Midnight Sun

11. Dream

12. I Remember You

13. When A Woman Loves A Man

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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Nelson Riddle (arranger, conductor); Plas Johnson, Babe Russin (tenor saxophone); Carroll Lewis, Vito Mangano, George Seaberg, Shorty Sherock, John Audino (trumpet); Dick Nash, Tommy Pederson, Milt Bernhart, Gilbert Falco, Tommy Shepard (trombone); George Roberts (bass trombone); John Cave, James Decker, William Henshaw (French horn); Buddy Collette, Harry Klee (flute); Buddy DeFranco, Abe Most (clarinet); Norman Benno, Seymour Schoneberg (oboe); Lloyd Hildebrand, Howard Terry (bassoon); Katharine Julyie (harp); Paul Smith (piano); Barney Kessel (guitar); Joe Comfort (bass); Irving Cottler (drums); Emil Radocchia (percussion).
  • Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California on October 19-21, 1964. Originally released on Verve (4067). Includes liner notes by Samuel Brylawski and Benny Green.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • This is part of the Verve Master Edition series.
  • Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Buddy DeFranco (clarinet); Willie Smith (alto saxophone); Plas Johnson (tenor saxophone); Paul Smith (piano); Frank Flynn (vibraphone).
  • Liner Note Author: Gary Giddins.
  • Recording information: 10/19/1964-10/21/1964.
  • Arranger: Nelson Riddle.
  • Along with her Rodgers and Hart collection, this is one of the best of Ella Fitzgerald's songbooks. Fitzgerald's assured and elegant voice is a perfect match for Mercer's urbane lyrics and Nelson Riddle's supple arrangements. In light of this decorous setting, it's not surprising that Mercer's swagger-heavy numbers like "I Wanna Be Around" and "One More For My Baby" are skipped in favor of more poised selections such as "Early Autumn" and "Skylark." Even traditionally hard-swinging numbers such as "Day In Day Out" and "Something's Gotta Give" are kept in check with Riddle's vaporous, flute-heavy backing and Fitzgerald's velvet tone. Slower numbers like "Laura" and "Midnight Sun" add dramatic contrast with their enigmatic tonal backdrops and elongated vocal phrasing. Fitzgerald's Mercer songbook has become something of an overlooked gem partly because of the popularity of her Cole Porter and Gershwin collections. It's a shame, because this songbook is beautifully executed by Fitzgerald and Riddle and contains wonderful Mercer collaborations with, among others, Harold Arlen and Hoagy Charmichael. This is definitely one for any Fitzgerald fan and not a bad introduction to her vast catalog. ~ Stephen Cook
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