Live At Montreux 1969 captures Ella Fitzgerald’s very first performance at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival, an event that she would return to several times in the years to come.
Mercury Studios is proud to release one of those very special performances by Ella Fitzgerald, Live At Montreux 1969 on CD and vinyl. Originally released on DVD in 2005, this is the first time this concert is being made available on audio formats.
To witness the great Ella Fitzgerald live was beyond a mere concert, it was an experience. An innovator of scat singing and jazz improvisation, the legendary singer left audiences breathless as she interpreted musical touchstones of the American Songbook. Ella Fitzgerald's Live At Montreux 1969 features the First Lady of Song backed by the Tommy Flanagan Trio - Tommy Flanagan (Piano), Frank de la Rosa (Bass), and Ed Thigpen (Drums) - performing a set combining contemporary tracks alongside classics, plus a host of others.
On this special night, the set list traversed American classics and contemporary hits with Ella delivering her smooth timeless renditions of “I Won’t Dance” and “That Old Black Magic,” along with her inspired takes on Paul McCartney’s “Hey Jude,” Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love,” and Dionne Warwick’s “This Girl’s In Love With You.”
There is no denying the potency of Ella Fitzgerald’s work, from her dynamic, instantly recognizable vocal range to her one-of-a-kind scat-phrasing, which set a precedent for jazz music and beyond. An American treasure of the highest caliber, Fitzgerald’s influence is an essential thread woven into musical history. This is brilliantly displayed on Live At Montreux 1969.