Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Returns to Berlin

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Ella Fitzgerald's Berlin concert of February 13, 1960, highlighted by her ad-lib version of "Mack the Knife," is considered a classic. The performance here dates from the following year and is almost as rewarding. Accompanied by pianist Lou Levy, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks, and drummer Gus Johnson, she sings 18 songs in a varied and well-paced set. Highlights include "Take the 'A' Train," "Anything Goes," "You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)," "'Round Midnight," a new (but less humorous) version of "Mack the Knife," and an encore, "This Can't Be Love," that has the singer joined by the Oscar Peterson Trio.

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Ella Fitzgerald 01:20 Amazon
2 Ella Fitzgerald 02:02 Amazon
3 Ella Fitzgerald 03:47 Amazon
4 Ella Fitzgerald 02:21 Amazon
5 Ella Fitzgerald 05:37 Amazon
6 Ella Fitzgerald 00:11 Amazon
7 Ella Fitzgerald 03:24 Amazon
8 Ella Fitzgerald 03:21 Amazon
9 Ella Fitzgerald 02:55 Amazon
10 Ella Fitzgerald 02:34 Amazon
11 Ella Fitzgerald 03:46 Amazon
12 Ella Fitzgerald 02:57 Amazon
13 Ella Fitzgerald 02:02 Amazon
14 Ella Fitzgerald 04:44 Amazon
15 Ella Fitzgerald 03:30 Amazon
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Ella Fitzgerald 00:22 Amazon
17 Ella Fitzgerald 03:31 Amazon
18 Ella Fitzgerald 05:27 Amazon
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Ella Fitzgerald 00:53 Amazon
20 Ella Fitzgerald 04:30 Amazon
21 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Norman Granz 00:54
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