Ella Fitzgerald - Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert
Release Date:
April 25, 1958
Standards, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, American Popular Song
Recording Location:
Teatro Sistina, Rome, Italy
Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert

This concert performance finds Ella Fitzgerald celebrating her 40th birthday. A top singer for 23 years at that point, she was at the peak of her powers. Backed by her regular rhythm section (with pianist Lou Levy, bassist Max Bennett, and drummer Gus Johnson), she puts on her usual show of the period, uplifting the ballads and swinging the faster material.

Highlights include "St. Louis Blues," "Caravan," "It's All Right with Me," and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," during which she imitates both Louis Armstrong and Rose Murphy.

This set concludes with a jam version of "Stompin' at the Savoy" with the Oscar Peterson Trio and drummer Gus Johnson.

Introduction / Norman GranzElla Fitzgerald feat: Norman Granz0:22
St. Louis Blues / W.C. HandyElla Fitzgerald5:57
These Foolish Things / Harry Link / Holt Marvell / Jack StracheyElla Fitzgerald3:28
Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) / Duke Ellington / Lee GainesElla Fitzgerald3:05
Angel Eyes / Earl Brent / Matt DennisElla Fitzgerald3:37
That Old Black Magic / Harold Arlen / Johnny MercerElla Fitzgerald3:38
Just One of Those Things / Cole PorterElla Fitzgerald3:39
I Loves You, Porgy / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin / DuBose HeywardElla Fitzgerald4:56
It's All Right with Me / Cole PorterElla Fitzgerald2:37
I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHughElla Fitzgerald3:26
Introduction / Norman GranzElla Fitzgerald feat: Norman Granz0:57
When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You) / Mark Fisher / Joe Goodwin / Larry ShayElla Fitzgerald1:40
A Foggy Day / George Gershwin / Ira GershwinElla Fitzgerald3:09
Midnight Sun / Sonny Burke / Lionel Hampton / Johnny MercerElla Fitzgerald3:40
The Lady Is a Tramp / Lorenz Hart / Richard RodgersElla Fitzgerald2:46
Sophisticated Lady / Duke Ellington / Irving Mills / Mitchell ParishElla Fitzgerald3:58
Caravan / Duke Ellington / Irving Mills / Juan TizolElla Fitzgerald2:43
Stompin' at the Savoy / Benny Goodman / Andy Razaf / Edgar Sampson / Chick WebbElla Fitzgerald7:10