Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Brown Live at the Royal Roost in NYC Nov-Dec 1948 - Ella singing fab scat vocals with a small group!!! - Great recording and performance (mp3 sample included)
From the great Boris Rose collection: An incredible, fabulous set of music. Ella is very young, energetic, and in good spirits. Most of all, she is unencumbered by that damned orchestra you always hear around her. Symphony Sid himself appears for just a moment, too. This sounds like another pre-air tape, but I'm not totally sure. It's a great recording, probably sourced from acetate.
I want to thank the following people for helping to make this happen:
Pervfesser Goody for working with me on the mix
Stratcat58 for pushing me to finish
"Mrs. Doinker" for putting up with it
The Ray Brown Quintet, Royal Roost NYC 1948-12-04
Kai Winding (tb) Allen Eager (ts) Hank Jones(p) Ray Brown (b) Roy Haynes (dm)
Lady Be Good
I Never Knew
Ella Fitzgerald with the Ray Brown Trio, Royal Roost NYC 1948-11-27
Ella Fitzgerald (v) Hank Jones (p) Ray Brown (b) Charlie Smith (dm)
Love That Boy
Too Soon To Know
Royal Roost Bop Boogie (aka Ool-Ya-Koo)
(probably The Ray Brown Quintet, Royal Roost NYC 1948-12-04, same personnel as above)
Ella Fitzgerald With The Ray Brown Trio, Royal Roost NYC 1948-12-04
Bop Goes The Weasel
Old Mother Hubbard
Royal Roost Bop Boogie 2 (aka Ool-Ya-Koo)
Technical notes: There was an interesting azimuth problem on the LP. The best results were obtained by a 60/40 mix of the left and right channels. Thanks for Goody for moral support. It sure was worth it. There was a small amount of unrecoverable popping in "Mr. Paganinni" that was left in as removing it affected the music too greatly.
Lineage: Alto 706 LP-> Sound Forge -> Click and Crackle Removal Tool -> mix:60% left-40% right onto both channels ->FLAC via TLH, level 6, sectors aligned and verified, FLAC integrity checked. Some source notes came from Jazzdisco.org. If any of this information requires correction, please provide it, it will be much appreciated.