Ella Fitzgerald

The Best of Ella Fitzgerald: Rhythm 'n' Romance

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Another in a fine series of double-disc archival releases from Recall Records, a U.K. mid-price reissue label, Rhythm 'n' Romance collects 40 of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald's 1930s recordings with Chick Webb's orchestra, including her breakthrough hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" (as well as "I Found a Yellow Basket," a remake in all but name) from 1938. These are Fitzgerald's first recordings, and while they're quite impressive, she really didn't fully find her stride (or her amazing scatting ability) until a decade later. Casual listeners should probably dip into her later recordings first before circling back for this early material, but as the start of a long and sparkling career, these 1930s recordings are definitely worth checking out. Few singers could work a ballad as well as Fitzgerald, and she had that ability right from the start.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:07
2 2:44
3 2:35
4 3:04
5 3:17
6 2:41
7 3:04
8 3:20
9 3:02
10 2:56
11 2:39
12 3:01
13 3:15
14 2:57
15 3:08
16 3:15
17 2:59
18 3:10
19 2:55
20
3:06

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:08
2 3:03
3 2:39
4 3:07
5 2:54
6 2:40
7 3:16
8 2:51
9 2:57
10 2:30
11 2:57
12 2:59
13 2:29
14 2:51
15 4:05
16 2:49
17 3:11
18 3:17
19 3:23
20 2:34
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