Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Returns to Berlin

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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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
1:20 Amazon
2 2:02 Amazon
3 3:47 Amazon
4 2:21 Amazon
5 5:37 Amazon
6 0:11 Amazon
7 3:24 Amazon
8 3:21 Amazon
9 2:55 Amazon
10 2:34 Amazon
11 3:46 Amazon
12 2:57 Amazon
13 2:02 Amazon
14 4:44 Amazon
15 3:30 Amazon
16
0:22 Amazon
17 3:31 Amazon
18 5:27 Amazon
19
0:53 Amazon
20 4:30 Amazon
21
feat: Norman Granz
0:54
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