Ella Fitzgerald – Mack The Knife: Ella In Berlin (1960/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:33 minutes | 826 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Verve
Recorded live in Berlin in 1960, this celebrated historical document captures Ella Fitzgerald at her peak and garnered two Grammy Awards, including one for her famous improvised version of Mack The Knife after she forgot most of the lyrics. The album has been inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame to recognize its significance.
Ella Fitzgerald was at the peak of her form during her 1960 tour of Europe. Her Berlin concert is most remembered for her hilariously inventive version of ‘Mack the Knife,’ during which she forgot the words and substituted ones of her own that somehow fit, amazing herself in the process. With fine support from her quartet – pianist Paul Smith, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks, drummer Gus Johnson – Fitzgerald is brilliant throughout the well-rounded set, with highlights including ‘Misty’ (a version very different from Sarah Vaughan’s), ‘The Lady Is a Tramp,’ ‘Too Darn Hot,’ and a scat-filled ‘How High the Moon.’ This is essential music.
01 – Gone With The Wind
02 – Misty
03 – The Lady Is A Tramp
04 – The Man I Love
05 – Summertime
06 – Too Darn Hot
07 – Lorelei
08 – Mack The Knife
09 – How High The Moon
Produced by Norman Granz.
Recorded on February 13, 1960 at the Deutschlandhalle, Berlin.
Ella Fitzgerald – vocals
Paul Smith – piano
Jim Hall – guitar
Wilfred Middlebrooks – double bass
Gus Johnson – drums
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