Article number: PWR27213
Ella Fitzgerald at the Opera House was originally issued both in stereo and mono versions. While the stereo LP presented the actual Opera House performance, the mono recordings contained a similar performance at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Both concerts are presented on this edition, which also includes a rare reading of “How High the Moon” appearing here on CD for the first time ever. Includes 12-page booklet
*****DOWN BEAT original review: ELLA FITZGERALD AT THE OPERA HOUSE “Here, in a JATP set cut in performance at Chicago’s Opera House, is some of the best jazz singing Ella has done in years. Ella roars. She sings ballads with a fine jazz feeling. She scats like a tenor man digging in and wailing on a night when everything breaks just right. This LP should help explain why she keeps knocking over poll after poll as a jazz singer.” (Dom Cerulli)
01 IT’S ALL RIGHT WITH ME 2:31 02 DON’CHA GO ‘WAY MAD 2:42 03 BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED 3:01 04 THESE FOOLISH THINGS 3:45 05 ILL WIND 2:47 06 GOODY GOODY 1:54 07 MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT 3:05 08 THEM THERE EYES 2:08 09 STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY 5:14 10 IT’S ALL RIGHT WITH ME 2:45 11 DON’CHA GO ‘WAY MAD 2:31 12 BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED 3:22 13 THESE FOOLISH THINGS 3:49 14 ILL WIND 2:53 15 GOODY GOODY 1:55 16 MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT 3:16 17 STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY 7:15 18 OH, LADY BE GOOD 4:24 19 HOW HIGH THE MOON 8:31* Total Time: 67:56
ELLA FITZGERALD, vocal on all tracks, plus:
1-9: OSCAR PETERSON (p), RAY BROWN (b), JO JONES (d). On 9 Roy Eldridge (tp), J.J. Johnson (tb), Sonny Stitt (as), Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Flip Phillips (ts) added.
Chicago Opera House, Chicago, September 29, 1957.
10-18: OSCAR PETERSON (p), RAY BROWN (b), JO JONES (d). On 17-18 Roy Eldridge (tp), J.J. Johnson (tb), Sonny Stitt (as), Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Flip Phillips (ts) added, and Connie Kay (d) replaces Jones. Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, October 7, 1957.
19: BONUS TRACK Lou Levy (p), Herb Ellis (g), Wilfed Middlebrooks (b), Gus Johnson (d).
Playboy Jazz Festival, Chicago, August 9, 1959.