Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The matchup was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years. Fitzgerrald sounds fine and, even if Quincy Jones’s arrangements did not give the Basie musicians much space for solos (two songs do feature a bit of trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist Urbie Green and Frank Foster on tenor), this is an enjoyable effort. Highpoints include „Honeysuckle Rose,” „Them There Eyes” and „Shiny Stockings.” — Scott Yanow

1. Honeysuckle Rose
2. 'Deed I Do
3. Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
4. Them There Eyes
5. Dream a Little Dream of Me
6. Tea for Two
7. Satin Doll
8. I’m Beginning to See the Light
9. Shiny Stockings
10. My Last Affair
11. Ain’t Misbehavin’
12. On the Sunny Side of the Street

Ella Fitzgerald – vocal
Count Basie and His Orchestra – orchestra

LP-180G 33rpm