Two Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks!
Ella Fitzgerald was in prime form during her 1960 tour of Europe and her Berlin concert, which opened the tour, won her critical acclaim. Mack The Knife: Ella In Berlin is an iconic live album from Verve that the First Lady of Jazz recorded at the Deutschlandhalle in West Berlin. It's most remembered for her inventive performance of the title track "Mack the Knife," during which she forgot the lyrics and substituted her own without losing stride. The historic set with accompaniment from the Paul Smith Quartet was awarded a Grammy award for Best Vocal Performance, Female and the title cut took home hardware for Best Female Vocal Performance. The record was ceremoniously inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
Ella In Berlin is augmented here with two bonus tracks and paired up with Ella In Hollywood, where she is found performing to an American night club audience of 200 as opposed to an audience numbering 10,000 in the largest auditorium in Germany. In Germany the reaction wasn't to the lyric as much as to the feeling, the mood and interpretation of the melody. In America, contrarily, the reaction to the language was more important. The accompaniment for Ella In Hollywood only differed by a change in pianists, with Lou Levy in place of Paul Smith, but the rest of the rhythm section remains the same. Includes a take on the smash "Mr. Paganini."