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Holiday Jazz Albums Available in New Vinyl Set

FOUR TIMELESS HOLIDAY JAZZ TITLES BY ELLA FITZGERALD, KENNY BURRELL, RAMSEY LEWIS AND JIMMY SMITH BOXED UP FOR NEW VINYL SET, VERVE WISHES YOU A SWINGING CHRISTMAS

MOST ALBUMS REPRESSED FOR FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 50 YEARS AVAILABLE NOW VIA VERVE/UMe

This holiday season, Verve Records/UMe is boxing up some of the most classic jazz holiday titles and wrapping them in a new vinyl box set titled Verve Wishes You a Swinging Christmas. This lavish collection brings together Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (1960), Kenny Burrell’s Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas (1966), Ramsey Lewis’s Sound of Christmas (1961) and Jimmy Smith’s Christmas ‘64 (1964) (also known as Christmas Cookin’) for the first time. With the holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect swinging, syncopated backdrop to get you in the Yuletide spirit and soundtrack your festivities.

Purchase Verve Wishes You a Swinging Christmas now: https://Verve.lnk.to/SwingingChristmas

Since the dawn of jazz, the genre’s innovators have pulled material from all corners of the Great American Songbook and beyond as springboards for improvisation — and the Christmas canon is no exception. On Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, the First Lady of Song approaches Great American Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “The Christmas Song,” and “Frosty the Snowman” with vivacity and sophistication. Sixty Christmases after its release, the album’s timeless appeal has only grown over the years. In a retrospective review, All Musicproclaimed, “this is as good as jazz Christmas albums get,” and just last year, Rolling Stone ranked it No. 1 on their “40 Essential Christmas Albums” list, calling the set “superb” and praising Fitzgerald’s “exquisite phrasing and subtlety.” In celebration of the album’s 60th anniversary, “Frosty The Snowman” has received its first-ever official video, a charming animated video by Fantoons Animation Studio that features Ella and Frosty in a winter wonderland storybook setting. Watch here: https://youtu.be/Hmw4Fu4XupE

Verve Wishes You a Swinging Christmas includes a variety of jazz greats’ instrumental takes on the Christmas canon via three albums that haven’t seen a vinyl reissue since the ‘60s. On Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas, guitar master Kenny Burrell serves up soulful renditions from the carol book (“The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Away in a Manger”), down the church aisle (“Mary’s Little Boy Chile,” “Children Go Where I Send Thee”) and the R&B wheelhouse (“Merry Christmas, Baby”). JazzTimes declares it “was and is a landmark album” while All Music admires Burrell’s “pensive, meditative, precise playing” and calls it “a must-have.”

The box cranks the fun up a notch with Sound of Christmas by the Ramsey Lewis Trio, which features bassist Eldee Young, drummer Isaac “Red” Holt, and string arranger Riley Hampton. By swerving around any potential treacle and keeping things light at a mere 29 minutes, Lewis and his colleagues ensured Sound of Christmas was a highly accessible slice of holiday cheer. “Lewis avoids the overly reverent… in favor of songs he can tear through with the brisk gait of a sleigh ride and the delight of a full stocking,” All About Jazz mused.“[H]is sensitivity to the tastes of the public served him well here.”

Rounding out the collection is a yuletide offering from Jimmy Smith, the master of the Hammond B-3 organ. On Christmas ‘64, which was known for decades as Christmas Cookin’ after being reissued in 1966 with the alternate cover and title, Smith offers up a mix of secular Christmas songs and traditional carols backed by a big band and several trios. He makes a heel-turn from dignified orchestral overtures, like on “We Three Kings (of Orient Are),” injecting the proceedings with funky, down-home energy to get bodies moving this December. “It’s hard to believe that ‘Silent Night’ could ever swing as much as it does here,” All About Jazz noted. But all you have to do is drop the needle on these bluesy interpretations to believe Christmas could be so danceable. For the first time in more than five decades, the LP will be released with its original cover and title.

Why wait until the Christmas shopping rush to secure your vintage sounds? Verve Wishes You a Swinging Christmas offers four titles in their original packaging, all beamed from jazz’s past to warm up your holiday season in the present.

Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (1960)

Side A:

  1. Jingle Bells
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  4. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
  5. Sleigh Ride
  6. The Christmas Song

Side B:

  1. Good Morning Blues
  2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  3. Winter Wonderland
  4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  5. Frosty the Snowman
  6. White Christmas

Kenny Burrell — Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas (1966)

Side A:

  1. The Little Drummer Boy
  2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  3. My Favorite Things
  4. Away in a Manger
  5. Mary’s Little Boy Chile
  6. White Christmas

Side B:

  1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  2. The Christmas Song
  3. Go Where I Send Thee
  4. Silent Night
  5. Twelve Days Of Christmas
  6. Merry Christmas Baby

Ramsey Lewis — Sound of Christmas (1961)

Side A:

  1. Merry Christmas Baby
  2. Winter Wonderland
  3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  4. Christmas Blues
  5. Here Comes Santa Claus

Side B:

  1. The Sound Of Christmas
  2. The Christmas Song
  3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  4. Sleigh Ride
  5. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Jimmy Smith — Christmas ‘64 (a.k.a. Christmas Cookin’) (1964)

Side A:

  1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  2. Jingle Bells
  3. We Three Kings (Of Orient Are)
  4. The Christmas SongSide B:
  1. White Christmas
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  3. Silent Night
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The Ed Sullivan Show illustration by Mina Tocalini

The Ed Sullivan Show Live Again

Nearly 50 years after The Ed Sullivan Show wrapped its final episode and charmed TV viewers for the final time on Sunday night June 6, 1971, it officially joined the streaming universe to live on forever on June 12 with the UMe agreement with SOFA Entertainment Inc. for the global digital rights to The Ed Sullivan Show, which encompasses the influential television program’s historic 23-year primetime run on CBS and marks the first time that Ed Sullivan Show performance and guest segments are officially available in their entirety across streaming services worldwide.

Among the voluminous gems in this vast catalog are iconic clips that have primarily only been available in excerpted versions on EdSullivan.com or as low-resolution digital “bootlegs.” Scores of rarities will also be available digitally for the first time and fans can visit The Ed Sullivan Show’s official YouTube channel and EdSullivan.com for more information. 

The Ed Sullivan Show is the most popular primetime variety show in American history. For nearly a quarter century, Ed Sullivan hosted the greatest array of talent on television, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and Motown artists such as The Supremes, The Temptations and The Jackson 5. Every Sunday night at 8pm on CBS from 1948-1971, The Ed Sullivan Show showcased a wide variety of pop culture from the worlds of music, comedy, novelty and much more.

Full-performance segments making their official premiere on The Ed Sullivan Show’s official YouTube channel. Live Videos premiere on following scheduled dates between July 3 – July 16.

7/3 Norm Crosby, Football & Little League (January 17, 1971)

7/3 Phyllis Diller, Mother-In-Law (January 4, 1970)

7/3 Jackie Mason, Luxury Apartments (October 28, 1962)

7/4 Dionne Warwick, Battle Hymn Of The Republic (January 7, 1968)

7/4 Texas A&M Cadets & Sergio Franchi, No Man Is An Island (January 24, 1971)

7/5 Bobby Darin,Mack The Knife (May 31, 1959)

7/6 Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (March 7, 1965)

7/7 Johnny Carson, Airlines & The Kennedys (March 26, 1961)

7/7 Jerry Vale, Shadow Of Your Smile (February 12, 1967)

7/8 George Carlin, Eyes, Hair, Ali, Vietnam, The Weather (February 28, 1971)

7/8 Dick Cavett, Yale & Blind Dates (November 20, 1966)

7/9 Shelley Berman, Amnesiac Calls His Doctor (December 5, 1965)

7/9 Vaughn Monroe, With These Hands (September 6, 1953)

7/10 Robert Klein, Substitute Teacher (January 25, 1970)

7/11 Greco & Willard, Hotel Reservation & Job Interview (January 19, 1964)

7/12 Albert Brooks, Ventriloquist (January 31, 1971)

7/13 Red Skelton, Carpenters And Astronauts (September 19, 1965)

7/14 George Carlin, Camp Counselor (May 10, 1970)

7/15 Joan Rivers, Small-Town Life & Flying (October 23, 1966)

7/16 Jean Carroll, Department Stores (March 21, 1965)

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Record Store Day Part 2

ELTON JOHN VS. PNAU – GOOD MORNING TO THE NIGHT (1 LP CLEAR VINYL)

QUANTITY: 1100

Good Morning To The Night is a remix album by Elton John and Australian dance duo Pnau, originally released in July 2012. The album’s tracks are created from samples of various early Elton songs combined together to form new tracks. Songs sampled include “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” “Bennie And The Jets” and “Are You Ready For Love?” The album debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and was described by the UK’s Guardian newspaper as “a blueprint for what remix albums should aspire to.” This marks first time on vinyl in US.

Side 1: (1) “Good Morning To The Night” (2) “Sad” (3)”Black Icy Stare” (4) “Foreign Fields”

Side 2: (1) “Telegraph To The Afterlife” (2) “Phoenix” (3) “Karmatron” (4) “Sixty”

FRANK ZAPPA – LUMPY GRAVY: PRIMORDIAL (1 LP TRANSLUCENT BURGUNDY VINYL)

QUANTITY: 4000

Lumpy Gravy: Primordial contains Frank Zappa’s first orchestral-only edit of the music sessions recorded at Capitol Studios during 1967. This self-described “ballet” was never officially issued until 2008 on the posthumous collection Lumpy Money. it makes its debut on limited edition 12” 45 rpm mono translucent burgundy colored vinyl, mastered from the original 1967 1/4” mono master tape, with FZ’s original gatefold album design lovingly restored.

Side A: “Lumpy Gravy”

Side B: “Primordial”

GLORIA GAYNOR – I WILL SURVIVE (12” VERSION) / SUBSTITUTE (12” VERSION)

QUANTITY: 1500

One of the most popular, well-loved disco anthems of all time turns 40 this year. To celebrate we are releasing this heavyweight single with full 12” Disco Versions of both “I Will Survive” and “Substitute” (the original A-side).

Side A: (1) “I Will Survive” (2)“Substitute”

Side B: (1) “Go on now, go” (2) “Walk out the door”

KILLING JOKE – ABSOLUTE DISSENT (2 LP COLORED VINLY)

QUANTITY: 2000

First ever US release of Killing Joke‘s 13th studio album from 2010, featuring the band’s original lineup reunited for the first time on record in 28 years. Comes on 2 LP color vinyl with two bonus tracks. Never been available in US; available previously overseas in limited quantity of 300.

Side A: (1) “Absolute Dissent” (2) “The Great Cull” (3) “Fresh Fever From The Skies” (4) “In Excelsis”

Side B: (1) “European Super State” (2) “This World Hell” (3) “Endgame” (4) “The Raven King”

Side C: (1) “Honour The Fire” (2) “Depthcharge” (3) “Here Comes The Singularity” (4) “Ghosts of Ladbroke Grove”

Side D: (Bonus Tracks) (1) “Kali Yuga” (2) “Ghosts Of Ladbroke Grove” (dub)

MARVIN GAYE – LET’S GET IT ON (45TH ANNIVERSARY) (1 LP RED VINYL)

QUANTITY: 1000

Come Get To This; it’s the 45th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s landmark soul album, Let’s Get It On. This limited-edition release has been pressed on 180g heavyweight red vinyl, Just To Keep You Satisfied…

Side 1: (1) “Let’s Get It On” (2) “Please Stay (Once You Go Away)” (3) “If I should I Die Tonight” (4) “Keep Getting It On”

Side 2: (1) “Come Get To This” (2) “Distant Lover” (3) “You Sure Love To Ball” (4) “Just To Keep You Satisfied

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Record Store Day Part 3

SOFT CELL – SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE / YOUTH REIMAGINED (12” SINGLE CLEAR VINYL)

QUANTITY: 1500

Double-A-sided 12” of new extended versions of Soft Cell’s classic “Say Hello Wave Goodbye” and the fan favorite album track “Youth.” Soft Cell were legendary for their well-crafted extended 12” mixes and on these new versions original member Dave Ball uses the original studio parts to create what he and Marc would have wanted fans to hear 1982. Not remixes but exquisite period reimaginings.

Side 1: “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye”

Side 2: “Youth”

SOUNDGARDEN – A-SIDES (2 LP COLORED VINYL)

QUANTITY: 5000

A-Sides is a compilation album with songs spanning the band’s thirteen-year career.  It was released on November 4, 1997 through A&M Records. It was Soundgarden‘s last official release for 13 years, until 2010’s Telephantasm. It contains one song absent from previous albums (“Bleed Together”) which appeared on import copies of the “Burden In My Hand” single.  This is the first time A-Sides has been available on vinyl.

Side A: (1) “Nothing To Say” (2)  “Flower” (3) “Loud Love” (4) “Hands All Over”

Side B: (1) “Get On The Snake” (2) Jesus Christ Pose (3) Outshined (4) Rusty Cage

Side C: (1) “Spoonman” (2) The Day I Tried To Live” (3) Black Hole Sun (4) Fell On Black Days

Side D: (1) “Pretty Noose” (2) Burden In My Hand” (3) Blow Up The Outside World (4) TY Cobb (5) Bleed Together

SUBLIME – 89 VISION (10”)

QUANTITY: 3500

The first vinyl release of Sublime’s first cassette release, marking the 30th anniversary of the band.

Side A: (1) “Don’t Push” (2) “Ball & Chain”

Side B: (1) Slow Ride” (2) “Date Rape Stylee”

THE POLICE – ROXANNE (7” SINGLE)

QUANTITY: 2000

Reissue of the second Police single “Roxanne,” the first for A&M Records. Released in April 1978, it was the first single from debut album Outlandos d’Amour. Controversial in some territories, this seminal favorite was written about a man who falls in love with a prostitute. On re-release in 1979, the song peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. Bespoke gatefold sleeve with die-cut ‘dialling holes’ – front cover is the original UK red ‘telephone’ image. Blue European sleeve for inner sleeve. Reissue sleeve, with band photo, for inside gatefold. Original A-side and B-side – ‘Peanuts’. Both remastered at Abbey Road.

Side A: “Roxanne”

Side B:  “Peanuts”

THE WHO – THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (2 LP RED & BLUE COLORED VINYL)

QUANTITY: 3000

Legendary companion album to the band’s classic documentary film of the same name from 1979. Features the extraordinary 1967 Smothers Brothers TV show version of “My Generation” – including exploding drum-kit finale! Double LP on red and blue heavyweight coloured vinyl with original LP packaging including 20-page booklet – long out of print on vinyl! Features one of the most iconic rock images on the front cover – photographer Art Kane’s shot of the band draped in the Union Jack flag at the Carl Shurz Monument in Morningside Heights in New York City on the morning of Friday 5 April 1968, the day of the first of the two concerts at Fillmore East, for a feature on new rock groups for Life Magazine. Includes three performances from Woodstock – “Sparks,” “Pinball Wizard” and “See Me, Feel Me,” classic 1960s TV performances of “Magic Bus” and “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” and the definitive performance of “A Quick One, While He’s Away,” the version they played at the Rolling Stones’ Rock & Roll Circus — a performance so good that, according to legend, it’s the reason why the Stones shelved the show for 20 years!

Side A: (1) “My Generation” (2) “I Can’t Explain” (3) “Happy Jack” (4) “I Can See For Miles” (5) “Magic Bus” “Long Live Rock”

Side B: (1) “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” (2) “Young Man Blues” (3) “My Wife” (4) “Baba O’Riley”

Side C: (1) “A Quick One, While He’s Away (2) “Tommy Can You Hear Me?” (3) “Sparks” (4) “Pinball Wizard” (5) “See Me, Feel Me”

Side D: (1) Medley “Join Together” (2) “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

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Record Store Day Part 1

UMe is pleased to announce details for several exclusive, limited edition vinyl releases confirmed for Record Store Day 2018. With special releases from Bobbie Gentry, Chet Faker, David Bowie, Def Leppard, Ella Fitzgerald, Elton John, Frank Zappa, Gloria Gaynor, Marvin Gaye, Soundgarden, Sublime, The Police, The Who and more, UMe’s slate for April’s hotly-anticipated music shopping bonanza is filled with an eclectic and exciting mix that includes re-pressings of classic albums and singles, as well as several U.S. vinyl release debuts. All the special releases will be available at Record Store Day-participating record stores on Saturday, April 21.

BOBBIE GENTRY – LIVE AT THE BBC (1 LP)

QUANTITY: 1200

This LP is sure to be highly collectable for fans. No BBC material featuring Bobbie Gentry has ever been released so these recordings are completely unfamiliar to fans.

Side 1: (1) “Mississippi Delta” (2) “Papa Won’t Let Me Go To Town With You” (3) “I saw An Angle Die” (4) “Ode To Billie Joe” (5) “Mornin Glory” (6) “Ace Insurance Man”

Side 2: (1) “Niki Hokey/ Barefootin” (2) “Penduli Pendulum” (3) “Recollection” (4) “Sweet Peony” (5) “Greyhound Going Somewhere

CHET FAKER – THINKING IN TEXTURES (1 LP SMOKE SWIRLED CLEAR VINYL)

QUANTITY: 2000

The award winning 2012 debut release from Australian singer-songwriter Nick Murphy, issued under his stage name Chet Faker. Featuring the ethereal downtempo take of “No Diggity,” this special edition of Thinking in Textures is pressed on smoke swirled clear vinyl housed in an embossed ‘texturized’ jacket.

Side A: (1) “I’m Into You” (2) “Terms And Conditions” (3) “No Diggity”

Side B: (1) “Love And Feeling” (2) “Cigarettes And Chocolate” (3) “Solo Sunrise” (4) “Everything I Wanted”

DAVID BOWIE – DAVID BOWIE (2 LP RED & BLUE VINYL)

QUANTITY: 3000

David Bowie’s debut album available for first time on heavyweight red and blue colored vinyl. This 2 LP set features the Mono version of the album on disc one and the Stereo version on disc two.

Side 1: (1) “Uncle Arthur” (2) “Sell Me A Coat” (3) “Rubber Band” (4) “Love You Till Tuesday” (5) “There Is A Happy Land” (6) “We Are Hungry Men” (7)” When I Live My Dream”

Side 2: (1) “Little Bombardier” (2) “Silly Boy Blue” (3)Come And Buy My Toys” (4) “Join The Gang” (5) “She’s Got Medals” (6) “Maid Of Bond Street” (7) “Please Mr. Gravedigger”

DEF LEPPARD – LIVE FROM ABBEY ROAD (12” SINGLE)

QUANTIY: 4000

Three tracks recorded at Abbey Road in 2008 and never previously released.

Side 1: (1) “C’mon C’mon” (2) “Rock On”

Side 2: “Rocket

Following last year’s release of Ella Fitzgerald’s lost live album recorded in 1956 on the eve of her breakthrough, the album will make its vinyl debut as a double LP on pink and opaque blue vinyl with contrasting labels.

Recorded on February 2, 1956 at Zardi’s Jazzland in Hollywood, Ella At Zardi’s features the entirety of the evening’s two-set, 21-song performance, which captures an inspired Fitzgerald singing and swinging in front of an animated, adoring crowd, just days before she’d go on to record the album that would catapult her to stardom. The concert was originally recorded by Norman Granz to celebrate the creation of, and Fitzgerald’s signing to, Verve Records, which Granz founded largely to give Fitzgerald the attention that he felt she wasn’t receiving at her then-current label, Decca. Ella At Zardi’s was planned as the label’s inaugural release but shelved in favor of the now-classic studio album Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book, which kicked off a best-selling, signature series of Song Book releases. The Zardi’s tapes languished in Verve’s vaults for six decades.

Album 1: First Set: Side A: (1) “It All Depends On You” (2) “Tenderly” (3) “Why Don’t You Do Right” (4) “Cry Me A River” (5) “In A Mellow Tone”

Side B: (1) “Joe Williams’s Blues” (2) “A Fine Romance” (3) “How High The Moon” (4) “Gone With The Wind” (5) “Bernie’s Tune”

Album 2: Second Set: Side C: (1) ” ‘S Wonderful” (2) “Glad To Be Unhappy” (3) “Lullaby of Birdland” (4) “The Tender Trap” (5) “And The Angels Sing” (6) “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”

Side D: (1) “Little Boy (Little Girl)” (2) “A-Tisket, A-Tisket” (3) “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” (4) “Airmail Special” (5) “I’ve Got A Crush On You”

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Ella Fitzgerald × Louis Armstrong 

ELLA FITZGERALD AND LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S BELOVED MUSICAL PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATED IN NEW 4CD SET, CHEEK TO CHEEK: THE COMPLETE DUET RECORDINGS, OUT NOVEMBER 10 ON VERVE/UMe FOR ELLA 100

 
INCLUDES THEIR TIMELESS THREE VERVE ALBUMS, DECCA SINGLES, LIVE TRACKS, B-SIDES, RARE RECORDINGS AND UNRELEASED MATERIAL

 

 
By the time Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong collaborated on their first duet together, they were each already jazz giants. Fitzgerald was an acclaimed solo artist for Decca with many hits and more than 200 songs under her young belt, first with the Chick Webb Orchestra and then as leader of her own big band. Armstrong, known affectionately as Pops, was one of the leading singers, trumpet players and entertainers of the day; a star of both sound and screen. Together their talent knew no bounds and propelled them further to stardom, and today are some of the biggest highlights of both of their extraordinary careers.

 
For the first time, all of Fitzgerald and Armstrong’s classic duets are in one place: Cheek To Cheek: The Complete Duet Recordings, a new 4CD and digital set will be available November 10. Part of Ella 100, Verve Records/UMe’s yearlong celebration of Fitzgerald’s centennial, the 75-track collection gathers their three timeless Verve albums – newly remastered versions of Ella and Louis, Ella and Louis Again and Porgy and Bess – along with all of their Decca singles, live recordings from Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, recorded as a warmup for Ella and Louis, plus several alternates and false starts from the Decca and Verve eras, illuminating their craft and good humor. Cheek To Cheek also includes unreleased material: “The Memphis Blues,” with Bing Crosby, from his radio show; several takes of Armstrong’s solo showcase, “Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess;” and an instrumental mix of “Red-Headed Woman.” The comprehensive collection is rounded out with extensive essay by Ricky Riccardi, the world’s leading authority on Armstrong, plus detailed annotations and rare images from the archives. Preorder Cheek To Cheek here: http://UMe.lnk.to/CheekToCheek4CD

 
Armstrong and Fitzgerald were first paired together by Decca label head Milt Gabler when they were both recording for the label. For the inaugural session in January 1946, Gabler had them cut the new song “You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)” and a recent Nat King Cole hit, “The Frim Fram Sauce.” The former became a jukebox hit and hinted at the magic they could create together. Over the next few years they would reunite for a string of singles – all eight are presented here in order of release – before recording their first album together. Fitzgerald’s manager Norman Granz, on the heels of founding Verve Records with his highly successful first release, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book, put Fitzgerald and Armstrong in the studio on August 16, 1956 to record the entire eleven-song Ella and Louis album in a day. The record was a critical and commercial success when released in the fall of 1956. Down Beat gave it five stars and, in November, the album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Jazz charts. The night before recording the album, Fitzgerald and Armstrong performed together at the Hollywood Bowl, and these rare, impromptu performances of “You Won’t Be Satisfied,” along with “Undecided,” marking their earliest collaborative recordings for Granz, are included on the fourth disc.

 
Knowing he needed to get them back in the studio as soon as possible, Granz recorded them in several ambitious sessions from July 23 to August 19, resulting in the follow up album Ella and Louis Again as well as Porgy and Bess, the folk opera with music and lyrics by George & Ira Gershwin. Ella and Louis Again once again captured their chemistry and resulted in the irresistible “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off,” the joyful “Stompin’ At The Savoy,” and “Autumn In New York,” one of their finest ballad performances. They also each turned in separate solo features, notably extended interpretations of “These Foolish Things” by Fitzgerald and “Let’s Do It” by Armstrong. The sessions for Porgy and Bess included their final four duets. The recordings capture their teamwork at the peak of its powers, exemplified in the way they seamlessly traded roles of singing and scatting on “Summertime” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now.” Granz held the album until 1959, when the big-budget film version was in theaters, and it was another success.

 
In addition to gathering all of Fitzgerald and Armstrong’s duets, Cheek To Cheek also gives a unique opportunity to hear what it was like to be in the studio with these two titans. The closing disc is rife with a bevy of alternate takes and false starts, displaying their camaraderie, with many previously unreleased, until now. 

 
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation was created and funded in 1993 by Ella Fitzgerald in order to fulfill her desires to use the fruits of her success to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs. Fitzgerald hoped to make their lives more rewarding, and she wanted to foster a love of reading, as well as a love of music. In addition, she hoped to provide assistance to the at-risk and disadvantaged members of our communities – assistance that would enable them to achieve a better quality of life. The Board of Directors of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation seeks to continue Ella Fitzgerald’s goals by making charitable grants serving four major areas of interest:

 

  1. creating educational and other opportunities for children
  2. fostering a love and knowledge of music, including assistance to students of music
  3. the provision of health care, food, shelter and counseling to those in need
  4. specific areas of medical care and research with an emphasis on Diabetes, vision problems and heart disease

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Cheek To Cheek: The Complete Duet Recordings

 
Disc 1
The Decca Singles

1. You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)

2. The Frim Fram Sauce

3. Dream A Little Dream Of Me

4. Can Anyone Explain? (No, No, No!)

5. Necessary Evil

6. Oops!

7. Who Walks in When I Walk Out

8. Would You Like to Take a Walk (Sump’n Good’ll Come From That)

 
Ella and Louis

9. Can’t We Be Friends

10. Isn’t This A Lovely Day

11. Moonlight In Vermont

12. They Can’t Take That Away From Me

13. Under A Blanket Of Blue

14. Tenderly

15. A Foggy Day

16. Stars Fell On Alabama

17. Cheek to Cheek

18. The Nearness of You

19. April In Paris

 
Disc 2
Ella and Louis Again

1. Don’t Be That Way 

2. Makin’ Whoopee 

3. They All Laughed 

4. Comes Love

5. Autumn In New York 

6. Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love) 

7. Stompin’ At The Savoy 

8. I Won’t Dance 

9. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You

10. Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off 

11. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

12. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm 

13. Willow Weep For Me 

14. I’m Putting All My Eggs In One Basket 

15. A Fine Romance 

16. Ill Wind

17. Love Is Here To Stay

 
Disc 3
Ella and Louis Again (cont’d.)

1. I Get A Kick Out Of You

2. Learnin’ The Blues

 
Porgy And Bess

3. Overture

4. Summertime 

5. I Wants To Stay Here

6. My Man’s Gone Now

7. I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ 

8. The Buzzard Song

9. Bess, You Is My Woman Now 

10. It Ain’t Necessarily So 

11. What You Want Wid Bess?

12. A Woman Is A Sometime Thing

13. Oh, Doctor Jesus 

14. Medley: Here Come Da Honey Man/Crab Man/Oh, Dey’s So Fresh And Fine 

15. There’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon For New York 

16. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?

17. Oh Lawd, I’m On My Way

 
Disc 4: Bonus Tracks
Ella and Louis Live

1. The Memphis Blues (Live from The Chesterfield Show) with Bing Crosby *

2. You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) (Live at the Hollywood Bowl)

3. Undecided (Live at the Hollywood Bowl)

 
Decca Extras 

4. You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) false start and breakdown

5. The Frim Fram Sauce false starts/takes 1 and 2 *

6. The Frim Fram Sauce alternate take

 
Ella and Louis Again Extras

7. Makin’ Whoopee take 1

8. Makin’ Whoopee take 2

9. I Get A Kick Out Of You take 2 (run-through) and take 3 (breakdown)

10. I Get A Kick Out Of You take 4

11. I Get A Kick Out Of You take 13

12. Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love) take 3

13. Willow Weep For Me take 4

 
Porgy And Bess Extras

14. I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (mono master)

15. A Woman Is A Sometime Thing (mono master)

16. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess? takes 5 and 6

17. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess? take 7

18. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess? take 8 *

19. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess? take 9 *

20. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess? insert for take 9 *

21. Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess? take 10 *

22. Red-Headed Woman instrumental *

* Previously unreleased

 
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