Ten years later, Doggett was brought in to arrange the Rhythm
In early 1962, Bill Doggett received a call from Norman Granz: 'Ella would like you to arrange and conduct an album for her,' Granz said. 'Do you think you can do it?' I said, 'Just send me the list of tunes and the keys, and I'll do it!' I had the pleasure of choosing the musicians on the session, and I got the best around.
We did it in two days, and it's one of the better swing
We'd play the arrangement down at the session, she'd sing along with it, then say, 'Fine, let's make it!' And that's what it was like all the way though. Any little nuances she did were right there and then, right on the money. She was quick as a wink!"
Rhythm Is My Business remains one of Fitzgerald's most comfortable and natural-sounding albumsharkening back to her early Webb days. It's also one of her strongest barn-burners, showing off her natural ability to take on a rushing wave of aggressive band musicians.
JazzWax tracks: Ella Fitzgerald's Rhythm Is My Business
JazzWax clip: Here's Runnin' Wild from the Rhythm Is My Business session. Dig the arrangement and band as well as the searing instrumental ending!
This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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