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 Granz||Ella Fitzgerald feat: Norman Granz||0:22|
|St. Louis Blues / W.C. Handy||Ella Fitzgerald||5:57|
|These Foolish Things / Harry Link / Holt Marvell / Jack Strachey||Ella Fitzgerald||3:28|
|Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) / Duke Ellington / Lee Gaines||Ella Fitzgerald||3:05|
|Angel Eyes / Earl Brent / Matt Dennis||Ella Fitzgerald||3:37|
|That Old Black Magic / Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer||Ella Fitzgerald||3:38|
|Just One of Those Things / Cole Porter||Ella Fitzgerald||3:39|
|I Loves You, Porgy / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin / DuBose Heyward||Ella Fitzgerald||4:56|
|It's All Right with Me / Cole Porter||Ella Fitzgerald||2:37|
|I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh||Ella Fitzgerald||3:26|
|Introduction / Norman Granz||Ella Fitzgerald feat: Norman Granz||0:57|
|When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You) / Mark Fisher / Joe Goodwin / Larry Shay||Ella Fitzgerald||1:40|
|A Foggy Day / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin||Ella Fitzgerald||3:09|
|Midnight Sun / Sonny Burke / Lionel Hampton / Johnny Mercer||Ella Fitzgerald||3:40|
|The Lady Is a Tramp / Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers||Ella Fitzgerald||2:46|
|Sophisticated Lady / Duke Ellington / Irving Mills / Mitchell Parish||Ella Fitzgerald||3:58|
|Caravan / Duke Ellington / Irving Mills / Juan Tizol||Ella Fitzgerald||2:43|
|Stompin' at the Savoy / Benny Goodman / Andy Razaf / Edgar Sampson / Chick Webb||Ella Fitzgerald||7:10|