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Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - Ella and Louis 2LP Mono 45 RPM 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Record

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - Ella and Louis 2LP Mono 45 RPM 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Record

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The very fact that America's biggest jazz label called one of their albums quite simply Ella and Louis indicates that we are talking about something very special here. And surely enough has been said - ''Satchmo'' and the grande dame of jazz certainly need no further introduction. In the '50s just the mere mention of their forenames was enough to light up the eyes of jazz fans. A glance at the track list reveals that tranquility rules the day: wild stomps and improvised scats will neither be sought nor missed. Of prime importance to the jazz ballad is a feeling of ''letting oneself drift'' in the inspiration which gushes forth from the minds of genial American songwriters. This is no contest - for the artists all pursue a common goal with extreme sensitiveness. The background combo, made up of first-class musicians and led by Oscar Peterson, performs with great concentration and almost obtrusive unobtrusiveness. Verve's highly successful producer Norman Granz decided quite deliberately to make the recording in the studio instead of at a live session. And success has verified his judgment, for such vocal jazz knows only gentle tones - but the result is all the more intensive for that.

Originally released in 1956.

Louis Armstrong, trumpet, vocals
Ella Fitzgerald, vocals
Louie Bellson, drums
Ray Brown, bass
Barrett Deems, drums
Herb Ellis, guitar
Ed Hall, clarinet
Dale Jones, bass
Billy Kyle, piano
Oscar Peterson, piano
Buddy Rich, drums
Trummy Young, trombone

Tracks:
1. Can't We Be Friends
2. Isn't This a Lovely Day
3. Moonlight in Vermont
4. They can't take that away from Me
5. Under a Blanket of Blue
6. Tenderly
7. A Foggy Day
8. Stars Fell on Alabama
9. Cheek to Cheek
10. The Nearness of You