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Twelve Nights In Hollywood: Volumes 3 & 4 [2 CD]
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This compact set of two discs, formerly a Barnes & Noble exclusive, fits into a single CD case. It constitutes the final two CDs in the complete "Twelve Nights in Hollywood" box set. Together with "Vol. 1 & 2," these two sets present all of the music in the box set but in a more compact form, and they include many of the heretofore unseen photos in the larger album. I picked up both sets at B&N for the promotional price of $18.99 each, saving considerably over the cost of the big box. They're now available at Amazon for even less; buy both sets and the shipping is free!

These cozy dates, never released until 2010, come from a Los Angeles club called the Crescendo. They were recorded in 1961 and 1962. While the performances could have been a hit originally, producer Norman Granz unfortunately gave them short shrift: a single poorly-selected and poorly-mastered LP that flopped commercially. The tapes sank into the vaults, not to be unearthed until jazz researcher Phil Schaap dug into the archives in 1988. He found 14 hours of California recordings made over 12 days, along with unheard live sets recorded in Rome and Chicago. Another 22 years passed before Richard Seidel, the producer of the boxed set, assembled four CDs from the Hollywood tapes. In all, the CDs contain 76 gems from the Great American Songbook, both swinging and sentimental. Ella is a joy throughout: creative and playful in her phrasing and scatting, by turns relaxed and spirited in her mood. All four volumes are essential acquisitions for Fitzgerald fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2011
For the fans of Ella Fitzgerald this album is a must buy. Norman Granz has done it again - produced an album that will have Ella lovers singing along with the greatest collection of Jazz and Pop standards since the "Song Book" series. Tastefully done with a great trio backing her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2013
This double CD of Ella's engagement at the Crescendo nightclub on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood in 1962 should be in every jazz fan's collection. Ella is at the top oi her game and that means we hear some of the swingingest vocals ever recorded. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2012
This CD is the mixture for perfection , Ella live, in a small venune with her guys. Does it get any better? No!
Ella is why music was invented.
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on November 29, 2014
Virtuosic. But some of her improvisations have come to sound less pleasing to my ear and more merely convenient. How could I ever criticize Ella? But there it is. I'm old and cranky, and she didn't age as well as she might have, either.
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on March 13, 2013
Again, this set is fabulous and a must-have for all Ella fans everywhere. She was at the top of her game and it shows, period.
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on March 30, 2015
A gift to my Senior Sunday School pastor who is a huge Fitzgerald fan. I am planning to get him more for Christmas.
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on November 27, 2014
Great live album that showcases Ella's artistry!
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on November 25, 2014
Great Live Recordings For 1963.
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on November 19, 2014
Great Engagement! WOW
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