Ella Fitzgerald: Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

Ella Fitzgerald: Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

Analogue Productions  CVRJ 4053 SA

Stereo Hybrid

Jazz - Vocal

Ella Fitzgerald (vocals)
Herb Ellis (guitar)
Gus Johnson (drums)
Lou Levy (piano)
Wilfred Middlebrooks & Joe Mondragon (basses)

Fourteen numbers from the heyday of swing, composed sometime between 1930 and 1945 - played and sung time and time again in ballrooms, or on the radio to advertise biscuits or war bonds, were recorded by Ella in completely new and personal interpretations in 1961. No one should be put off by the rather unfortunate cover. Clap Hands... is absolutely top notch as regards musicality, perfect recording quality, superb accompaniment by a small ensemble, with room for improvisations; it offers a wonderful opportunity to discover something new in these evergreens, despite the occasionally banal lyrics. The songs of this recording conjure up bygone days, with listeners in the 21st century being offered a highly personal homage to one of the most successful periods in the 100-year history of jazz.

Originally released in 1962.

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Analogue recording
1. Night In Tunisia
2. You're My Thrill
3. My Reverie
4. Stella My Starlight
5. 'Round Midnite
6. Jersey Bounce
7. Signing Off
8. Cry Me A River
9. This Year's Kisses
10. Good Morning Heartache
11. (I Was) Born To Be Blue
12. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
13. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
14. Music Goes 'Round And 'Round
Comments (1)

Comment by Ben Leggett - September 9, 2022 (1 of 1)

This is an excellent album, and one of the best-recorded Ella studio efforts. Just lovely.