Ella and Louis
|Ella and Louis|
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||August 16, 1956|
Capitol Studios, Los Angeles
|Label||Verve MGV 4003|
Polygram 825 373-2 (1989)
|Ella Fitzgerald chronology|
|Louis Armstrong chronology|
Ella and Louis is a studio album by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, accompanied by the Oscar Peterson Quartet, released in October 1956. Having previously collaborated in the late 1940s for the Decca label, this was the first of three albums that Fitzgerald and Armstrong were to record together for Verve Records, later followed by 1957's Ella and Louis Again and 1959's Porgy and Bess.
Norman Granz, the founder of the Verve label, selected eleven ballads for Fitzgerald and Armstrong, mainly played in a slow or moderate tempo. Recording began August 16, 1956, at the new, and now iconic, Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Though Granz produced the album, Armstrong was given final say over songs and keys.
The success of Ella and Louis was replicated by Ella and Louis Again and Porgy and Bess. All three were released as The Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong on Verve. Verve also released the album as one of the first ones in SACD.
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
Allmusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong make for a charming team on this CD… This is primarily a vocal set with the emphasis on tasteful renditions of ballads." Jasen and Jones called the set a "pinnacle of popular singing". The Penguin Guide to Jazz, compiled by Richard Cook and Brian Morton, awarded the album four stars.
Björk chose the album as one of her favourites in a 1993 Q magazine feature. "I love the way Ella and Louis work together," she remarked. "They were opposites in how they sung, but were still completely functional together, and respectful of each other."
|1.||"Can't We Be Friends?"||Paul James, Kay Swift||3:47|
|2.||"Isn't This a Lovely Day?"||Irving Berlin||6:16|
|3.||"Moonlight in Vermont"||John Blackburn, Karl Suessdorf||3:42|
|4.||"They Can't Take That Away from Me"||Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin||4:39|
|5.||"Under a Blanket of Blue"||Jerry Livingston, Al J. Neiburg, Marty Symes||4:18|
|6.||"Tenderly"||Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence||5:10|
|1.||"A Foggy Day"||Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin||4:32|
|2.||"Stars Fell on Alabama"||Mitchell Parish, Frank Perkins||3:34|
|3.||"Cheek to Cheek"||Irving Berlin||5:53|
|4.||"The Nearness of You"||Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington||5:42|
|5.||"April in Paris"||Vernon Duke, Yip Harburg||6:33|
- Ella Fitzgerald — vocals
- Louis Armstrong — vocals, trumpet
- Oscar Peterson — piano
- Herb Ellis — guitar
- Ray Brown — bass
- Buddy Rich — drums
- Val Valentin — session engineer
- Phil Stern — photography
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