Ella Fitzgerald – Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! (1961/2012) [AcousticSounds DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Ella Fitzgerald – Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! (1961/2012)
DSF Stereo DSD64, 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 50:35 minutes | 2,0 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Verve Records / Analogue Productions XVRJ4053D64

Fourteen numbers from the heyday of swing, composed sometime between 1930 and 1945, played and sung time and time again in ballrooms, or on the radio to advertise biscuits or war bonds, were recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in completely new and personal interpretations in 1961.

Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! is absolutely top notch as regards to musicality; perfect recording quality, superb accompaniment by a small ensemble, with room for improvisations; it offers a wonderful opportunity to discover something new in these evergreens. The songs of this recording conjure up bygone days, with listeners in the 21st century being offered a highly personal homage to one of the most successful periods in the 100-year history of jazz!

Another typically wonderful CD reissue of Ella Fitzgerald in her prime, this set augments the original LP (which finds Ella joined by pianist Lou Levy, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Joe Mondragon, and drummer Stan Levey) with three previously unreleased selections from the same era (with Levey, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks, and drummer Gus Johnson). Ella is in fine form on such numbers as “A Night in Tunisia,” an emotional “You’re My Thrill,” “Jersey Bounce,” “Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie,” and an unissued “The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else).” Although not reaching the heights of her live performances, this is an excellent (and somewhat underrated) set. -AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

1. Night In Tunisia 04:07
2. You’re My Thril 03:38
3. My Reverie 03:17
4. Stella By Starlight 03:17
5. ‘Round Midnight 03:27
6. Jersey Bounce 03:33
7. Signing Off 03:46
8. Cry Me A River 04:14
9. This Year’s Kisses 02:17
10. Good Morning Heartache 04:20
11. (I Was) Born To Be Blue 02:42
12. Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie! 02:43
13. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most 06:15
14. Music Goes Round And Around 02:28

Recorded: 22-23 June 1961 in Los Angeles
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

Ella Fitzgerald, vocals
Lou Levy, piano
Herb Ellis, guitar
Joe Mondragon, bass
Gus Johnson, drums