Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong : Ella and Louis

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong : Ella and Louis


Ella Fitzgerald (vocals), Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet), Oscar Peterson (piano), Ray Brown (bass), Herb Ellis (drums)

Verve 4003

Analogue Productions : 2 LPs 200 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Can't We Be Friends
A2 - Isn't This A Lovely Day
A3 - Moonlight In Vermont
B1 - They Can't Take That Away From Me
B2 - Under A Blanket Of Blue
B3 - Tenderly
C1 - A Foggy Day
C2 - Stars Fell On Alabama
C3 - Cheek To Cheek
D1 - The Nearness Of You
D2 - April In Paris

Recorded on August 16, 1956 at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. 

Ella and Louis is the first of three albums that Fitzgerald and Armstrong were to record together for Verve Records, later followed by 1957's Ella and Louis Again and 1959's Porgy and Bess.

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.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.