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Fitzgerald Live at the Concertgebouw 1961


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The year was 1961, the venue the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. After a memorable performance in Berlin a year earlier, Fitzgerald was once again singing to a packed concert hall. Norman Granz, serious and to the point, introduced the musicians. Lou Levy had long been accompanying Ella. The quartet took the stage with the singer herself. In her fresh, almost girlish voice and that hint of characteristic impertinence, she launched into “Too Close For Comfort”, followed by “On A Slow Boat To China”. By now the singer had the audience firmly in the palm of her hand. The performance was quite the opposite of what took place in a recording studio. Fitzgerald settled in as if she were in her living room, welcoming each spectator like a privileged guest and each song she sang, a gracefully proffered glass of champagne. The pieces had to be kept short because she had to see that all the members of the public were served. This release has captured that performance, and has been remastered for crystal-clear sound quality. It’s the closest thing to being right there in the audience those five decades ago.
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Item number FON-1704027
Barcode 889854691622
Release date 10/20/2017
Category Jazz
Label FONDAMENTA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Non-Classical Artist Fitzgerald, Ella
Disc: 1
Introduction by Norman Granz00:01:00
1 Introduction by Norman Granz 00:01:14 Granz, Norman
Won't You Please Let Me In00:09:00
2 Won't You Please Let Me In 00:09:07 Lou Levy Quartet
Mr. Wonderful00:03:23
3 Mr. Wonderful: Too Close for Comfort 00:02:46 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
On a Slow Boat to China00:02:40
4 On a Slow Boat to China 00:02:22 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
How Long Has This Been Going On?00:03:13
5 How Long Has This Been Going On? 00:02:49 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
Heart and Soul00:03:08
6 Heart and Soul 00:04:05 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
You're Driving Me Crazy00:03:06
7 You're Driving Me Crazy 00:04:05 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
Star Spangled Rhythm00:03:03
8 That Old Black Magic 00:03:40 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
Lover Come Back to Me (Live)00:02:51
9 Lover Come Back to Me 00:02:08 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
My Funny Valentine00:01:53
10 My Funny Valentine 00:03:36 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
Soon00:03:19
11 I've Got a Crush on You 00:02:37 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
Pardon My English00:02:53
12 Lorelei 00:03:19 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
(If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It, "M00:05:09
13 (If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It [Mr 00:04:45 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
Mack the Knife00:03:17
14 Mack the Knife 00:04:04 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
St. Louis Blues00:03:32
15 St. Louis Blues 00:07:00 Fitzgerald, Ella Lou Levy Quartet
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