Ella Fitzgerald

New York 1940

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Although virtually all of the studio recordings that Ella Fitzgerald led during 1939-41 were dominated by her vocals and found the former Chick Webb Orchestra functioning as a backup band, her radio broadcasts gave the talented musicians a few instrumentals in which to stretch out. This LP only has six vocals among the 14 full-length selections (she is best on "Starlit Hour," and "Sugar Blues") so one has an opportunity to hear such players as trumpeter Taft Jordan, trombonist Sandy Williams and the tenor of Teddy McRae playing some fine swing solos.