Ella Fitzgerald (with Chick Webb): A-Tisket, A-Tasket
Ken Burns Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald (Verve 549087)
Mario Bauza, Bobby Stark, Taft Jordan (trumpets), Nat Story, Sandy Williams, George Matthews (trombones), Garvin Bushell (clarinet, alto & baritone saxes), Louis Jordan (alto sax), Teddy McRae, Wayman Carver (tenor saxes), Tommy Fulford (piano), Bobby Johnson (guitar), Beverly Peer (bass).
Composed by Al Feldman and Ella Fitzgerald. Arranged by Al Feldman (aka Van Alexander).
Recorded: New York, May 2, 1938
Rating: 75/100 (learn more)
Endearing as this performance is by Ella, it also says a lot about her as an artist. For her the song is fun. When she performed it in the 1942 Abbot and Costello movie Ride ‘Em Cowboy, it gave a unique insight into her performing persona. Difficult – impossible even – to imagine Lady Day, who was into grown-up emotions such as the end of a love affair or the discovery of infidelity, performing in this way. Yet Ella was into joy, sunshine and happiness and getting hung up on their stylistic differences somehow misses the point. Rather like a film negative, the light and the dark images perfectly compliment each other, both essential components in the overall picture. Joy too has a right to be expressed in jazz, and nobody did it better than Ella.
Reviewer: Stuart Nicholson
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