Ella and Basie!

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Ella and Basie!
Studio album by Ella Fitzgerald
Released September 1963
Recorded July 16–17, 1963[1]
Genre Jazz
Length 40:57
Label Verve
Producer Norman Granz
Ella Fitzgerald chronology
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook
(1963)
Ella and Basie!
(1963)
These Are the Blues
(1963)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Ella and Basie! is a 1963 (see 1963 in music) studio album by Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by the Count Basie Orchestra, with arrangements by Quincy Jones. It was later reissued with slightly different cover art as On the Sunny Side of the Street.[3]

Overview[edit]

Surprisingly, Ella and the Basie band had only recorded together once before, on the 1957 album One O'Clock Jump.

This album was the first time that Fitzgerald and Jones worked together, they would next meet for the Back on the Block sessions in 1989.

This album is revered alongside Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!, Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs from Let No Man Write My Epitaph, Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook, and Ella in Hollywood as one of Ella's greatest recordings.

Track listing[edit]

For the 1963 Verve LP album, Verve V6-4061

Side One:

  1. "Honeysuckle Rose" (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 2:42
  2. "'Deed I Do" (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose) – 2:40
  3. "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts) – 3:20
  4. "Them There Eyes" (Maceo Pinkard, Doris Tauber, William Tracey) – 5:04
  5. "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (Fabian Andre, Gus Kahn, Wilbur Schwandt) – 4:04
  6. "Tea for Two" (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) – 3:10

Side Two:

  1. "Satin Doll" (Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn) – 3:13
  2. "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, Harry James) – 3:57
  3. "Shiny Stockings" (Frank Foster, Ella Fitzgerald) – 3:30
  4. "This Is My Last Affair" (Haven Johnson) – 3:11
  5. "Ain't Misbehavin'" (Harry Brooks, Razaf, Waller) – 3:06
  6. "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh)  – 3:00

Bonus Tracks; Issued on the 1997 Verve CD Reissue, Verve 539 059-2

  1. "My Last Affair" (Alternative take) – 3:26
  2. "My Last Affair" (Alternative take) – 3:39
  3. "Robbins Nest" (Breakdown) (Illinois Jacquet, Bob Russell, Sir Charles Thompson) – 1:22
  4. "Robbins Nest" (Previously unreleased) – 3:40
  5. "Robbins Nest" (Alternative take) – 3:09
  6. "Robbins Nest" (Alternative take) – 2:55

Personnel[edit]

Recorded from July 16 to July 17, 1963, at A & R Studios, NYC

The Count Basie Orchestra
  • Quincy Jones - arranger
  • Val Valentin - recording engineer
  • Jay Thompson - cover photo

References[edit]