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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book is a box set by American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald that contains songs by George and Ira Gershwin with arrangements by Nelson Riddle. Fifty-nine songs were recorded in the span of eight months in 1959. Fitzgerald’s recording of “But Not for Me” won the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Female. Ira Gershwin said, “I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them”. This collection is one of the eight comprising what is possibly Ella Fitzgerald’s greatest musical legacy: Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Complete American Songbook in which she recorded with top arrangers and musicians well-known and obscure tracks by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer.

Track Listing:

Disc One

Ambulatory Suite (Instrumental) (George Gershwin)
“Promenade (Walking the Dog)” – 2:31,
“March of the Swiss Soldiers” – 2:04,
“Fidgety Feet” – 2:46
The Preludes (Instrumental) (G. Gershwin)
Prelude I – 1:36,
Prelude II – 3:48,
Prelude III – 1:13,
“Sam and Delilah” – 3:15
“But Not for Me” – 3:31
“My One and Only” – 2:36
“Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” – 4:26
“(I’ve Got) Beginner’s Luck” – 3:08
“Oh, Lady Be Good!” – 3:58
“Nice Work If You Can Get It” – 3:32
“Things Are Looking Up” – 3:03
“Just Another Rhumba” – 5:34
“How Long Has This Been Going On?” – 3:45
“‘S Wonderful” – 3:28
“The Man I Love” – 3:50
“That Certain Feeling” – 3:07
“By Strauss” – 2:29
“Someone to Watch Over Me” – 4:30
“The Real American Folk Song (is a Rag)” – 3:43

Disc Two

“Who Cares?” – 3:05
“Looking for a Boy” – 3:02
“They All Laughed” – 3:02
“My Cousin in Milwaukee” – 3:07
“Somebody from Somewhere” – 3:06
“A Foggy Day” – 3:50
“Clap Yo’ Hands” – 2:28
“For You, For Me, For Evermore” – 3:23
“Stiff Upper Lip” – 2:50
“Boy Wanted” – 3:33
“Strike Up the Band” – 2:33
“Soon” – 2:20
“I’ve Got a Crush on You” – 3:26
“Bidin’ My Time” – 2:40
“Aren’t You Kind of Glad We Did?” – 3:28
“Of Thee I Sing (Baby)” – 3:07
“‘The Half of It, Dearie’ Blues” – 3:45
“I Was Doing All Right” – 3:25
“He Loves and She Loves” – 2:46
“Love Is Sweeping the Country” – 3:24
“Treat Me Rough” – 2:54

Disc Three

“Our Love Is Here to Stay” – 3:52
“Slap That Bass” – 3:23
“Isn’t It a Pity?” – 3:23
“Shall We Dance?” – 3:08
“Love Walked In” – 3:52
“You’ve Got What Gets Me” – 2:13
“They Can’t Take That Away from Me” – 3:07
“Embraceable You” – 4:49
“I Can’t Be Bothered Now” – 2:48
“Boy! What Love Has Done to Me!” – 3:46
“Fascinating Rhythm” – 3:22
“Funny Face” – 3:23
“The Lorelei” – 3:21
“Oh, So Nice!” – 3:40
“Let’s Kiss and Make Up” – 3:49
“I Got Rhythm” – 3:07

Review: During the late ’50s, Ella Fitzgerald continued her Song Book records with Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book, releasing a series of albums featuring 59 songs written by George and Ira Gershwin. Those songs, plus alternate takes, were combined on a four-disc box set, Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book, in 1998. These performances are easily among Fitzgerald’s very best, and for any serious fan, this is the ideal place to acquire the recordings, since the sound and presentation are equally classy and impressive. —blackjack can you double down after hitting

Schill Score: 9/10

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