CD Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book [Digipak] (CD 407673),
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Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book [Digipak]

  • 1. Let's Begin
    2. Fine Romance, A
    3. All the Things You Are
    4. I'll Be Hard to Handle
    5. You Couldn't Be Cuter
    6. She Didn't Say "Yes"
    7. I'm Old Fashioned
    8. Remind Me
    9. Way You Look Tonight, The
    10. Yesterdays
    11. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
    12. Why Was I Born?
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0003933

  • Credits
    ProducerNorman Granz

    Conducted by Nelson Riddle.
    Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Robert Bain (guitar); Nathan Ross (violin); Ray Kramer (cello); Plas Johnson (tenor saxophone); Shorty Sherock (trumpet); Dick Nash (trombone); Paul Smith (piano); Joe Comfort (bass instrument); Alvin Stoller (drums).
    Liner Note Authors: Benny Green ; James Gavin.
    Arranger: Nelson Riddle.
    THE JEROME KERN SONGBOOK is perhaps not as celebrated as some of Ella Fitzgerald's earlier entries in the Songbook series, like the Duke Ellington and Cole Porter volumes, but it's a magnificent, joyous celebration nonetheless.
    Recorded in 1963, with Nelson Riddle arranging and conducting the sessions, THE JEROME KERN SONGBOOK has Riddle's typically lush sound and languid tempos, which perfectly suit both Fitzgerald (whose warm, honeyed voice sounds like it was made for Riddle's arrangements) and the sophisticated material. After opening with the standard "Let's Begin," Fitzgerald and Riddle glide through a dozen of Kern's best tunes, including a remarkable reading of perhaps Kern's best-known song, "The Way You Look Tonight." A flirty "You Couldn't Be Cuter" and a sassy "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" add variety to the ballad-heavy selection, but it's the romantic gems like "All the Things You Are" that resonate the longest.

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.114) - "[W]hen Fitzgerald, at the absolute apex of her vocal powers, is solvin' that swingin' Riddle, it's unsurpassed quality, not quantity, that matters."
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