Ella Fitzgerald thrives in the intimate setting provided by Lou Levy’s quartet on a set of superior standards you don’t hear every day, including “You’re My Thrill”, “My Reverie”, “Signing Off” and “This Year’s Kisses”. Her delicate reading of “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most”, with Fran Landesman’s poignant, world-weary lyrics and composer Tommy Wolf’s tricky intervals, is surely the definitive interpretation of this timeless classic.
The reissue benefits from four additional titles with long-time accompanist Lou Levy together with her complete 1954 JATP concert in Hartford, Connecticut with pianist Raymond Tunia.
Lou Levy (p); Herb Ellis (elg); Joe Mondragon (b); Stan Levey (d) and others. 1954-1961.
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