For those who share my passion for all things Ella, there is great news. Verve has just released a four CD set, "Twelve Nights in Hollywood" consisting of 76 recordings of Ella performing at the Crescendo, a LA jazz club back in 1960-61. These are not low-quality bootlegs; they are mastered from the original tapes produced by Norman Granz!!! Here is how the NYT describes them:
They capture the singer in her peak years, and at top form: more relaxed, swinging and adventurous, across a wider span of rhythms and moods, than on the dozens of other albums that hit the bins in her lifetime.Definitely worth checking out.
Read the Times review here.
Here's a sample from the album.