Metronome All-Stars 1956

Metronome All-Stars 1956 was the final album by the Metronome All-Stars, a loose amalgamation of musicians representing winners of Metronome magazine's annual poll.[1] This 1956 release contains four tracks documenting the first collaboration between pianist/bandleader Count Basie and vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.[2][3] The album was originally released on the Clef label in 1956.[4][5]

Metronome All-Stars 1956
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Studio album by
Released1956
RecordedJune 18, 25 & 27, 1956
StudioFine Sound, New York City
GenreJazz
LabelClef
MG C-743
ProducerNorman Granz
Count Basie chronology
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(1956)
Hall of Fame
(1956)
Ella Fitzgerald chronology
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book
(1956)
Metronome All-Stars 1956
(1956)
Ella and Louis
(1956)

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [6]

AllMusic awarded the album 4 stars stating "This would be the final recording by The Metronome All-Stars (a series that started in the late '30s) and the music on this LP still sounds exciting and joyful".[6]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Billie's Bounce" (Charlie Parker) - 20:30
  2. "April in Paris" (Vernon Duke, Yip Harburg) - 4:43
  3. "Every Day I Have the Blues" (Peter Chatman, William York) -5:11
  4. "Party Blues" (Count Basie, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald) - 3:59
  5. "Basie's Back in Town" (Ernie Wilkins) - 3:16
  6. "Lady Fair" (George Wallington) - 2:55
  • Recorded at Fine Sound in New York City on June 18 (tracks 1 & 6), June 25 (tracks 2–4) and June 27 (track 5), 1956

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Yanow, S. Allmusic Artist Biography: Metronome Allstars, accessed November 20, 2015
  2. ^ Kitora, R., Count Basie Discography, accessed November 20, 2015
  3. ^ Big Band Paradise Archived 2015-11-22 at the Wayback Machine, accessed November 20, 2015
  4. ^ Edwards, D. & Callahan, M. Clef Label Discography, accessed November 20, 2015
  5. ^ Clef Records Catalog: 700, JATP, 1000, 4000, 2000 series, accessed November 20, 2015
  6. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Metronome All-Stars 1956 – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 20, 2015.