Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Ella Fitzgerald Sings Duke Ellington Song Book - Sophisticated Lady (restored 1957 jazz vinyl LP)

 


Ella Fitzgerald Sings Duke Ellington Song Book - Sophisticated Lady (restored 1957 jazz vinyl LP)

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery They say into your early life romance came And in this heart of yours burned a flame A flame that flickered one day and died away Then, with disillusion deep in your eyes You learned that fools in love soon grow wise The years have changed you, somehow I see you now Smoking, drinking, never thinking of tomorrow, nonchalant Diamonds shining, dancing, dining with some man in a restaurant Is that all you really want? No, sophisticated lady, I know, you miss the love you lost long ago And when nobody is nigh you cry Smoking, drinking, never thinking of tomorrow, nonchalant Diamonds shining, dancing, dining with some man in a restaurant Is that all you really want? No, sophisticated lady, I know, you miss the love you lost long ago And when nobody is nigh you cry Sophisticated lady You cry (Mills Irving / Parish Mitchell / Ellington Edward Kennedy) Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book is a 1957 studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by Duke Ellington and his orchestra, focusing on Ellington's songs. Part of Fitzgerald's "Song Book" series, it is the only one where the composer is also featured as a performer and the first occasion Fitzgerald recorded with Ellington. It is also the entry in the Song Book series that provided her with the most opportunities to exhibit her skill at scat singing. • Ella Fitzgerald – vocals • William "Cat" Anderson, Clark Terry, Willie Cook – trumpet • Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet on "Take the "A" Train" • Frank Foster – tenor saxophone • Paul Gonsalves, Ben Webster – saxophone • Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone • Russell Procope – clarinet, alto saxophone • Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet, tenor saxophone • Harry Carney – clarinet, bass clarinet • John Sanders, Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson – trombone • Ray Nance – trumpet, violin • Stuff Smith – violin • Oscar Peterson, Paul Smith – piano • Ray Brown, Joe Mondragon, Jimmy Woode – double bass • Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel – guitar • Sam Woodyard, Alvin Stoller – drums • Billy Strayhorn – piano, narrator • Duke Ellington – piano, narrator, arranger, conductor "Sophisticated Lady" is a jazz standard, composed as an instrumental in 1932 by Duke Ellington. Additional credit is given to publisher Irving Mills whose words were added to the song by Mitchell Parish. The words met with approval from Ellington, who described them as "wonderful—but not entirely fitted to my original conception". That original conception was inspired by three of Ellington's grade school teachers. "They taught all winter and toured Europe in the summer. To me that spelled sophistication." Duke Ellington and His Orchestra introduced "Sophisticated Lady" in 1933 with an instrumental recording of the song that featured solos by Toby Hardwick on alto sax, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Lawrence Brown on trombone and Ellington on piano. The recording entered the charts on 27 May 1933 and rose to number three. I do not own the copyright to the music, the recording and the photos. (Image post and video art were appropriated from the original album.) This video is posted for educational use under Section 17 U.S. Code § 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use. As much as possible, I attempted to remove most of the pops and crackles from the original vinyl album. Hope you enjoy. INXDS. #bebop #vinylrecord

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