Limited LP: Orange Vinyl
180g Coloured Vinyl Series. Contains new, specially prepared liner notes by Penguin Guide To Jazz’s writer Brian Morton and by Paris’ Prestigious Jazz Magazine.
“....The mood of their Verve recording together, though, was deliberately gentler, less taxing, more intimate. These tunes, light in their way, almost home spun, are invested with an extraordinary humanity.
There isn’t an ounce of sentiment in “Under a Blanket of Blue” or “Isn’t This a Lovely Day?”, but there is deep feeling and a profound sense of human solidarity. They were not singing about civil rights, there is no erotic charge in the encounter; when they sing about breaking hearts, it’s clear that everything is fixable. The challenge of bebop had been met and quietly negotiated.
Here was jazz with its original message: the individual matters, but others matter, too. The mutual respect with which Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and the other four exceptional musicians go through a repertoire of unforgettable standards selected by Granz is readily apparent. Songs like “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”, “Tenderly” and “April in Paris” make Ella & Louis a jewel of simplicity and timeless humanity.”
Can’t We Be Friends / Isn’t This A Lovely Day? / Moonlight In Vermont / They Can’t Take That Away From Me / Under A Blanket Of Blue / Tenderly / A Foggy Day / Stars Fell On Alabama / Cheek To Cheek / The Nearness Of You / April In Paris / You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)