Ella and Duke at the Cote D'Azur

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Ella and Duke at the Cote D'Azur
Live album by Ella Fitzgerald
Released 1967
Recorded June 26-July 29, 1966
Genre Jazz, Vocal jazz
Length 497:02
Label Verve
Producer Norman Granz
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Ella and Duke at the Cote D'Azur is a 1967 live album by Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by the big band of Duke Ellington.

It was recorded live in Juan-les-Pins, on the French Riviera, between June 26 and July 29, 1966. Earlier in the year, Fitzgerald and Ellington had recorded their only other live album together, The Stockholm Concert, 1966, in Stockholm.

The album was released as a double-LP in 1967. In 1998, Verve Records released the concert on compact disc, in both a two-CD version and a complete eight-CD version.

Track listing[edit]

For the original 1967 Verve double LP release; V6-4072-2; Re-issued in 1997 on 2-CD set, Verve 539 030-2

Side One:

  1. "Mack the Knife" - with Ella Fitzgerald (Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 4:52
  2. "That Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" (Duke Ellington) – 9:59
  3. "Lullaby of Birdland" - with Ella Fitzgerald (George Shearing, George David Weiss) – 2:53

Side Two:

  1. "Trombonio-Bustioso-Issimo" (Cat Anderson) – 4:05
  2. "Goin' Out of My Head" - with Ella Fitzgerald (Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein) – 3:01
  3. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" - with Ella Fitzgerald (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:50
  4. "Diminuendo In Blue"/"Blow By Blow" (Ellington) – 7:36

Bonus Track; Issued on disc one of the 1997 PolyGram-Verve 2CD Reissue, Verve 539 030-2

  1. "Jive Jam" (Previously unreleased) (Ellington) – 8:50

Side Three:

  1. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" - with Ella Fitzgerald (Ellington, Irving Mills) – 7:13
  2. "All Too Soon" (Ellington, Carl Sigman) – 7:39
  3. "Misty" - with Ella Fitzgerald (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) – 3:04

Side Four:

  1. "So Danco Samba" - with Ella Fitzgerald (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel) – 5:46
  2. "Rose of the Rio Grande" (Ross Gorman, Edgar Leslie, Harry Warren) – 3:09
  3. "The More I See You" - with Ella Fitzgerald (Mack Gordon, Warren) – 3:56
  4. "The Matador (El Viti)" (Ellington) – 4:09
  5. "Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)" - with Ella Fitzgerald (Ellington, Lee Gaines) – 3:47

Bonus Tracks; Issued on disc two of the 1997 PolyGram-Verve 2CD Reissue, Verve 539 030-2

  1. "The Trip" (Previously unreleased) (Ellington) – 4:44
  2. "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" (Previously unreleased) (Mercer Ellington, Ted Persons) – 2:11

Tracks 3, 5-6, disc one; 3-4 and 6, disc two, credited to Ella Fitzgerald with the Jimmy Jones Trio

Eight disc full concert release[edit]

For the 1998 Verve 8CD Reissue, Verve 314-539 033-2

Disc one: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

  1. "Diminuendo In Blue" & "Blow By Blow" (Duke Ellington) – 8:06
  2. "Caravan" (Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol) – 6:06
  3. "Rose of the Rio Grande" (Ross Gorman, Edgar Leslie, Harry Warren) – 2:51
  4. "Tutti For Cootie" (Ellington, Jimmy Hamilton) – 6:24
  5. "Skin Deep" (Louie Bellson) – 10:49
  6. "Passion Flower" (Billy Strayhorn) – 4:51
  7. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" (Mercer Ellington, Ted Persons) – 3:02
  8. "Wings and Things" (Johnny Hodges) – 10:27
  9. "The Star-Crossed Lovers" (D. Ellington, Strayhorn) – 4:20
  10. "Such Sweet Thunder" (D. Ellington, Strayhorn) – 3:24
  11. "Madness In Great Ones" (D. Ellington, Strayhorn) – 5:23
  12. "Kinda Dukish"/"Rockin' In Rhythm" (Harry Carney, D. Ellington, Mills) – 5:07
  13. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" – 2:35

Disc Two: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald

  1. "Main Stem" (D. Ellington) – 3:53
  2. Medley: "Black and Tan Fantasy"/"Creole Love Call"/"The Mooche" (D. Ellington, Bubber Miley) – 8:55
  3. "West Indian Pancake" (D. Ellington) – 4:45
  4. "El Viti" (Gerald Wilson) – 4:01
  5. "The Opener" (D. Ellington) – 3:01
  6. "La Plus Belle Africane" (D. Ellington) – 11:50
  7. "Azure" (D. Ellington, Mills) – 7:44
  8. Duke Ellington introduces Ella Fitzgerald – 1:05
  9. "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" - with Ella Fitzgerald (Cole Porter) – 4:08
  10. "Satin Doll" - with Ella Fitzgerald (D. Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Strayhorn) – 3:16
  11. "Cotton Tail" - with Ella Fitzgerald (D. Ellington) – 7:07
  12. "Take the "A" Train" (Strayhorn) – 5:47

Disc Three: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

  1. "Take the "A" Train" – 0:55
  2. "Such Sweet Thunder" – 3:06
  3. "Half the Fun" (D. Ellington, Strayhorn) – 4:24
  4. "Madness In Great Ones" – 5:26
  5. "The Star-Crossed Lovers" – 4:21
  6. "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)" (D. Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:18
  7. "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" – 2:28
  8. "Wings and Things" – 8:26
  9. "Kinda Dukish"/"Rockin' In Rhythm" – 5:10
  10. "Chelsea Bridge" (Strayhorn) – 4:18
  11. "Skin Deep" – 12:12
  12. "Sophisticated Lady" (D. Ellington, Mills, Parish) – 4:13
  13. "Jam With Sam" (D. Ellington) – 3:19
  14. "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" – 2:18

Disc Four: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

  1. "Soul Call" (Bellson) – 2:41
  2. "West Indian Pancake" – 4:37
  3. "El Viti" – 1:19
  4. "The Opener" – 3:08
  5. "La Plys Belle Africane" – 13:23
  6. "Take the "A" Train" – 4:24
  7. "Trombonio-Bustoso-Issimo" (Cat Anderson) – 4:21
  8. "Such Sweet Thunder" – 3:11
  9. "Half the Fun" – 4:15
  10. "Madness In Great Ones" – 4:15
  11. "The Star Crossed Lovers" – 4:20
  12. "Prelude to a Kiss" (D. Ellington, Strayhorn) – 4:26
  13. "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" – 2:27

Disc Five: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald - All with Ella Fitzgerald, except track 1

  1. "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" (D. Ellington) – 11:29
  2. "Thou Swell" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 1:39
  3. "Satin Doll" – 2:42
  4. "Wives and Lovers" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:22
  5. "Something to Live For" – 4:13
  6. "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" – 4:06
  7. "The More I See You" (Mack Gordon, Warren) – 3:57
  8. "Goin' Out of My Head" – 3:01
  9. "So Danco Samba" (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel) – 5:49
  10. "Lullaby of Birdland" (George Shearing, George David Weiss) – 2:53
  11. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:07
  12. "Mack the Knife" (Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 5:01

Disc Six: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald

  1. Medley: "Black and Tan Fantasy"/"Creole Love Call"/"The Mooche" (Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley) – 9:42
  2. "Soul Call" – 4:33
  3. "West Indian Pancake" – 4:43
  4. "El Viti" – 4:09
  5. "La Plus Belle Africane" – 12:30
  6. "Such Sweet Thunder" – 3:12
  7. "Half the Fun" – 4:20
  8. "Madness In Great Ones" – 5:00
  9. "The Star Crossed Lovers" – 4:08
  10. "Wings and Things" – 3:22
  11. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" – 1:58
  12. "Thou Swell" - with Ella Fitzgerald – 2:00
  13. "Satin Doll" - with Ella Fitzgerald – 2:42
  14. "Wives and Lovers" - with Ella Fitzgerald – 2:29
  15. "Something to Live For" - with Ella Fitzgerald (D. Ellington, Strayhorn) – 3:23
  16. "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" - with Ella Fitzgerald – 3:26

Disc Seven: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald - All with Ella Fitzgerald, except tracks 9-12

  1. "Sweet Georgia Brown" (Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey, Maceo Pinkard) – 3:36
  2. "Goin' Out of My Head" – 3:34
  3. "So Danco Samba" – 6:07
  4. "Lullaby of Birdland" – 3:06
  5. "Moment of Truth" (Tex Satterwhite, Frank Scott) – 2:14
  6. "Misty" (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) – 3:26
  7. "Mack the Knife" – 5:36
  8. "Cotton Tail" – 7:13
  9. "The Trip" (D. Ellington) – 4:44
  10. "Juve Jam" (D. Ellington) – 9:34
  11. "All Too Soon" (D. Ellington, Carl Sigman) – 7:18
  12. "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" – 7:18
  13. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (D. Ellington, Mills) – 7:14
  14. "Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)" (D. Ellington, Lee Gaines) – 4:27

Disc Eight: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

  1. "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" – 1:09
  2. "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" – 1:31
  3. "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" – 1:50
  4. "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" – 1:11
  5. "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" – 2:40
  6. "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" – 3:38
  7. "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" – 2:00
  8. "Blue Fuse No. 2" (D. Ellington) – 1:39
  9. "Blue Fuse No. 2" – 0:44
  10. "Blue Fuse No. 1" (D. Ellington) – 0:37
  11. "Blue Fuse No. 1" – 0:51
  12. "Blue Fuse No. 1" – 2:57
  13. "The Shepherd" (D. Ellington) – 2:33
  14. "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" – 4:44
  15. "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" – 8:07
  16. "Tingling Is a Happiness" (D. Ellington) – 4:00

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Chika Azuma – art direction
  • Claude Carriere – liner notes
  • Deborah Hay – editorial assistant
  • Chris Herles – mastering
  • Norman Granz – liner notes
  • Tom Greenwood – production assistant
  • Suha Gur – mastering
  • Jean-Pierre Leloir – photography
  • Brian Priestley – liner notes
  • Peter Pullman – liner notes, booklet editor
  • Kevin Reeves – mastering
  • Richard Seidel – executive producer
  • Cynthia Sesso – photo research
  • Robert Silverberg – production assistant
  • Michael Ullman – liner notes
  • Suzanne White – package design, package coordinator
  • Ben Young – liner notes, supervisor

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