Ella Fitzgerald: Ella At Zardi's (Vinyl LP)
Double vinyl LP pressing. Recorded on February 2, 1956 at Zardi's Jazzland in Hollywood, Ella At Zardi's features the entirety of the evening's two-set, 21-song performance, which captures an inspired Fitzgerald, backed by a stellar trio comprised of pianist Don Abney, bassist Vernon Alley and drummer Frank Capp, singing and swinging in front of an animated, adoring crowd, just days before she'd go on to record the album that would catapult her to stardom. Ella Fitzgerald is often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.
It All Depends on You, Tenderly, Why Don't You Do Right, Cry Me a River, In a Mellow Tone, Joe Williams's Blues, A Fine Romance, How High the Moon, Gone with the Wind, Bernie's Tune, 's Wonderful, Glad to Be Unhappy, Lullaby of Birdland, The Tender Trap, And the Angels Sing, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Little Boy (A.K.A. Little Girl), A - Tisket a, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Airmail Special, I've Got a Crush on You