VA – Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl (1956/2011)

VA - Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl (1956/2011)
Artist: Various
Album: Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Swing, Bop
Label: Hip-O Select / Verve
Released: 1956/2011
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
CD 1:
Introduction (Norman Granz) (1:41)
Honeysuckle Rose (Jam Session) (12:11)
The Ballad Medley: I Can’t Get Started / If I Had You / I’ve Got The World On A String (Jam Session) (8:11)
Jumpin’ At The Woodside (Jam Session) (14:11)
Introduction To Art Tatum (Norman Granz) (0:31)
Someone To Watch Over Me (Art Tatum) (3:14)
Begin The Beguine (Art Tatum) (3:08)
Willow Weep For Me (Art Tatum) (3:54)
Humoresque (Art Tatum) (4:05)
Introduction To Ella’s Band (Norman Granz) (0:39)
Love For Sale (Ella Fitzgerald) (3:09)
Just One Of Those Things (Ella Fitzgerald) (3:55)
Little Girl Blue (Ella Fitzgerald) (3:10)
Too Close For Comfort (Ella Fitzgerald) (2:52)
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Ella Fitzgerald) (3:24)
Airmail Special (Ella Fitzgerald) (3:56)

CD 2:
9:20 Special (Oscar Peterson) (3:16)
How About You (Oscar Peterson) (5:01)
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (Louis Armstrong) (3:28)
Indiana (Louis Armstrong) (4:25)
The Gypsy (Louis Armstrong) (4:49)
Ole Miss Blues (Louis Armstrong) (5:22)
The Bucket’s Got A Hole In It (Louis Armstrong) (5:11)
Perdido (Louis Armstrong) (3:14)
You Made Me Love You (Louis Armstrong) (4:17)
Mack The Knife (Louis Armstrong) (4:03)
Stompin’ At The Savoy (Louis Armstrong) (4:55)
You Can Depend On Me (Louis Armstrong) (3:22)
Mop Mop (Louis Armstrong) (3:23)
You Won’t Be Satisfied (Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong) (3:41)
Undecided (Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong) (3:43)
When The Saints Go Marching In (Entire Ensemble) (6:05)


This double LP was the first jazz concert ever recorded at the Hollywood Bowl (and only the second one held at that L.A. institution). Although not an official Jazz at the Philharmonic concert, it has the same basic format and was also produced by Norman Granz. Trumpeters Roy Eldridge and Harry “Sweets” Edison, tenors Flip Phillips and Illinois Jacquet, the Oscar Peterson Trio and drummer Buddy Rich all jam on “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” and there is also a ballad medley and a drum solo by Rich. In addition the Oscar Peterson Trio plays two numbers, the remarkable pianist Art Tatum (in one of his final appearances) has four, Ella Fitzgerald sings six songs (including a scat-filled “Airmail Special”) and collaborates with Louis Armstrong on two others. For the grand finale nearly everyone returns to the stage for “When the Saints Go Marching In” which Armstrong sings and largely narrates, cheerfully introducing all of the participants. This is a historic and very enjoyable release featuring more than its share of classic greats.
Review by Scott Yanow