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Ella Fitzgerald - Live In Tokyo 1983 (2008)

Ella Fitzgerald - Live In Tokyo 1983 (2008)

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Ella Fitzgerald - Live In Tokyo 1983 (2008)
Video: NTSC, MPEG-2 at 6 455 Kbps, 720 x 480 (1.333) at 29.970 fps | Audio: AC-3 2 channels at 448 Kbps, 48.0 KHz
Genre: Jazz | Label: Discovery Records | Copy: Untouched | Release Date: 4 Aug 2008 | Runtime: 58 min. | 2,84 GB (DVD5)

Ella Fitzgerald - Live In Tokyo 1983 (2008)
Ella Fitzgerald - Live In Tokyo 1983 (2008)
Ella Fitzgerald - Live In Tokyo 1983 (2008)
Ella Fitzgerald - Live In Tokyo 1983 (2008)
Ella Fitzgerald - Live In Tokyo 1983 (2008)

Ella Fitzgerald was the supreme jazz singer. Sarah Vaughan may have been more technically complex and Billie Holiday may have been more rawly emotional, but Ella approached the nearest to what a true jazz vocalist can be. Even at the age of 66, when this "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concert was filmed in Tokyo, she was still magnificent. Admittedly her voice had become a little quavery - especially when using vibrato - but her spirit and jazz feeling were undiminished. Time and again during this concert, one marvels at the adroitness of her voice and the inventiveness of her improvisations. She used her voice like a musician playing jazz on an instrument, and thus she epitomised jazz.
This is clear in the opening number, Night and Day, where she spins out the ending in unexpected ways (what Whitney Balliett called "the sound of surprise"). By now her voice was more unsteady at slow tempo, yet she still plays with the melody in The Man I Love - in the same way that a jazz instrumentalist might do. And she segues effortlessly into Body and Soul, making a short detour into I Loves You Porgy before an ending which takes her from the top to the bottom of her range.
Honeysuckle Rose introduces Ella's famous scatting for the first time in the concert, swapping daring eights with pianist Paul Smith. At this point it is worth mentioning the peerless backing she receives from the accompanying trio, who have the difficult task of following her unpredictable twists and turns. Then a steamingly fast tempo takes her into Old McDonald Had a Farm, not exactly a jazz standard but nonetheless Ella turns it into a jazzy performance, shifting up a key for each chorus. She tells the audience jokingly: "We did this for our country-and-western fans".

- Ella Fitzgerald: Vocals
- Paul Smith: Piano (tracks 1-8)
- Keter Betts: Bass (tracks 1-8)
- Bobby Durham: Drums (tracks 1-8)
- Joe Pass: Guitar (tracks 9-11)
- Harry "Sweets" Edison: Trumpet (track 11)
- Clark Terry: Flugelhorn (track 11)
- J. J. Johnson, Al Grey: Trombones (track 11)
- Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Zoot Sims: Tenor saxes (track 11)
- Oscar Peterson: Piano (track 11)
- Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen: Bass (track 11)
- Louie Bellson: Drums (track 11)

01. Night And Day
02. Medley: The Man I Love/Body and Soul
03. Honeysuckle Rose
04. Old McDonald Had A Farm
05. In A Mellotone
06. 'Round Midnight
07. Blue Moon
08. Manteca
09. Medley: I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good/Sophiscated Lady
10. Georgia On My Mind
11. Flying Home

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The album code is : ODI3007746

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