Ella Fitzgerald: How High the Moon (live in Berlin, 1960)
How High The Moon
Ella Fitzgerald (vocals)
Ella In Berlin (Verve 825670-2)
Wilfred Middlebrooks (bass).
Composed by Nancy Hamilton & Morgan Lewis.
Recorded: live at Deutschlandhallen, Berlin, February 13, 1960
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
We're still trying to make sense of the Grammy Hall of Fame jazz wing. In 2002, the Recording Academy inducted Ella Fitzgerald's "How High the Moon." But which version? Grammy identified Decca, the label of Ella's 1947 single. However, Grammy also specified 1960, the date of Ella In Berlin on Verve. We normally prefer an original, but if the Hall of Fame has room for only one of Ella's honeyed "Moons," we'd vote for 1960. If this isn't the most virtuosic scat vocal performance ever, please don't tell us what is—our old heart can't take more excitement that this.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
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