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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis (Limited Edition) (LP)

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Label: Verve Records – MG V-4003
Series: Jazz At 33⅓ rpm – 7
Format: LP
Country: UK
Released: Apr 13, 2016
Genre: Jazz
Style: Easy Listening, Swing

Limited Edition with photos by Jean-Pierre Leloir.

Ella and Louis is a studio album by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, accompanied by the Oscar Peterson Quartet, released in October 1956. Having previously collaborated in the late 1940s for the Decca label, this was the first of three albums that Fitzgerald and Armstrong were to record together for Verve Records, later followed by 1957's Ella and Louis Again and 1959's Porgy and Bess.

Norman Granz, the founder of the Verve label, selected eleven ballads for Fitzgerald and Armstrong, mainly played in a slow or moderate tempo. Recording began August 16, 1956, at the new, and now iconic, Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Though Granz produced the album, Armstrong was given final say over songs and keys.

The success of Ella and Louis was replicated by Ella and Louis Again and Porgy and Bess. All three were released as The Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong on Verve. Verve also released the album as one of the first ones in SACD.

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