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Ella At Zardi's is some enchanted evening / Jazz Weekly

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No, this is not the very first live or studio recording of Our Lady of Swing. Yet, a convincing argument could be made that this previously unreleased collection of two sets from February 2, 1956 at the chic LA club Zardi's, being Norman Granz's first "live" recording on his nascent Verve Record Label, is when Ella Fitzgerald came into her own as America's most important jazz singer.

Sure, she had hits like "A-Tisket A-Tasket" with big band leader Chick Webb, and did some excellent, if inconsistent, material for Decca. But it's with Verve where she set the high standard of concert recordings as well as Songbook collections, and you get to see her right at the crossroads on this well recorded, some enchanted evening.

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