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Ella Fitzgerald – Sings The Rodgers And Hart Song Book


It’s something everyone has experienced: whether at one of the great jazz festivals in Berlin, Montreux or Paris, or in a small, provincial jazz club which exudes the charm of a dingy jazz cavern in the Fifties – you sit, listen, and then rack your brain to remember the name of the number which the young jazz musician is playing with all his heart. Just what was the name?
Put the Ella sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book album on your turntable and you’re guaranteed to recall My Funny Valentine, Blue Moon and It Never Entered My Mind. All these and many more excellent ballads flowed out of the pens of the songwriting team – and each and every one of them is a winner.

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Don’t make the mistake of associating merely scat singing taken at a cracking pace with the most famous (the name “Ella” is a fully adequate epithet) and the BEST (for that’s what she is and she will remain so!) jazz vocalist between 1930 and 1995: this album more than demonstrates her excellent powers of expression and her brilliant modulations. The ballads are done true justice in these sensitive, almost subdued arrangements by the West Coast film music expert Buddy Bregman, which put Ella’s voice, Richard Rodgers’ melodies and Lorenz Hart’s lyrics in the limelight. With the exception of Blue Moon, all the numbers are themes taken from Broadway musicals, virtually none of which will ever have been seen by us, but whose evergreen melodies will remain in our memories for ever.
What is more, there is a special treat for us in store on this album: ten titles are now appearing on stereo-LP for the very first time. A further milestone along the road of jazz singing is at last re-released with this song book: it constitutes an important documentation of Ella’s musical path which began with the children’s song A-tisket, a-tasket.


1. A Ship Without A Sail
2. Bewitched
3. Blue Moon
4. Dancing on the Ceiling
5. Give It Back To The Indians
6. Have You Met Miss Jones?
7. I Could Write A Book
8. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
9. Isn’t It Romantic
10. I Wish I Were In Love Again
11. It Never Entered My Mind
12. Johnny One Note
13. Little Girl Blue
14. Lover
15. Manhattan
16. Mountain Greenery
17. My Funny Valentine
18. My Romance
19. Spring Is Here
20. Ten Cents a Dance
21. The Lady is a Tramp
22. There’s A Small Hotel
23. This Can’t Be Love
24. Thou Swell
25. Wait Till You See Her
26. Where Or When
27. You Took Advantage Of Me


Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm