Ella Fitzgerald : Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie

Ella Fitzgerald : Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie


Ella Fitzgerald (vocals), Lou Levy (piano), Herb Ellis (guitar), Joe Mondragon (bass), Stan Levey (drums)

Verve 4053

Analogue Productions : 2 LPs 200 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Night In Tunisia
A2 - You're My Thrill
A3 - My Reverie
B1 - Stella My Starlight
B2 - 'Round Midnite
B3 - Jersey Bounce
B4 - Signing Off
C1 - Cry Me A River
C2 - This Year's Kisses
C3 - Good Morning Heartache
C4 - (I Was) Born To Be Blue
D1 - Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
D2 - Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
D3 - Music Goes 'Round and 'Round

Recorded on January 23 and June 22–23, 1961 at Capitol Studio in Los Angeles.

Dubbed "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums.
Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. With a vocal range spanning three octaves, she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. Fitzgerald was a notable interpreter of the Great American Songbook.
She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella).

The First Lady of Song is at her most intensely swinging and graceful level for this session of 14 songs including "Cry Me a River" and “Round Midnite”.
"...a superior representation of the singer as a jazz interpreter. This set is one of her best." - John Tynan, Down Beat, 1962

 The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.