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Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie
Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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This early '60s studio session captures Ella Fitzgerald moving toward the smaller, more pointedly jazz-inflected ensembles that would shape her career in her final decades. After the lush orchestrations of her classic s...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ella Fitzgerald
Title: Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 6/8/1989
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Classic Vocalists, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 042283564626, 0042283564626, 042283564640

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This early '60s studio session captures Ella Fitzgerald moving toward the smaller, more pointedly jazz-inflected ensembles that would shape her career in her final decades. After the lush orchestrations of her classic series of composer songbooks, which found her collaborating with the best arrangers, the intimate scale and easy interplay of a crack band provide a wonderful platform for the spirited performances here. That Ella herself savored the opportunity is reflected in a program that includes Thelonious Monk's "After Midnight" and a breezy, potent ride through the Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie anthem, "Night In Tunisia." With a mix of bona fide standards and revived swing classics, this is a rediscovered gem, cause enough to clap hands. --Sam Sutherland

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50,000 stars
garfieldguy | Matthews, NC United States | 09/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of Ella's very best (if no THE best) albums. Heck, it's one of the best vocal jazz albums *period.* It's just Ella and a small group, but it will blow you away. I recommend it to everyone, and it makes a great first choice for those just now looking into the First Lady of Song. Every track is choice, but "Night In Tunisa," "'Round Midnight," "Jersey Bounce," and "Music Goes Round and Around" stand out. The best song is "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most." It's the best rendition of that song by anyone anywhere. :-D"
Clap Hands, Here Comes Ella
Stony | Pittsburgh, PA United States | 07/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd is worth it alone for "I Got a Guy." She takes a potentially sappy song and makes it tender, pure, honest, and oh-so beautiful. Her version of "This Could Be the Start of Something Big" should have made songwriter Steve Allen very happy. In other hands, this song can (and does) sound really tacky, like it belongs in a lounge act--but not in Ella's hands. She swings it! They didn't call her Lady Time for nothing. "Stella by Starlight" is quite good, and Ella's version of "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" is quite intimate and soulful. Overall, this is very good recording of songs made during the vocal prime of the best singer (in my opinion) ever captured on record."
This is Ella at her best
mtaylor830 | Richmond, Virginia USA | 06/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the few albums from her Verve years to feature Ella with a jazz trio instead of a studio band, this 1961 treasure has always ranked at the top in my listing of the best recordings by the First Lady of Song. Her voice was at its peak, and she seemed to enjoy the interaction with Lou Levy on piano, Gus Johnson on drums and Herb Ellis on guitar. The selection of songs is excellent. Her version of "Stella By Starlight" is an absolute knockout!"