Recorded in August 1958, but not released until 2022, this concert followed the release of the Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook LP. The concert was conducted and arranged by Paul Weston, who had played the same role in the LP.

There’s an animated video for Puttin’ on the Ritz, one of the songs from the set, which gives you a sense of the sound:

Video from Puttin’ on the Ritz

It’s a wonderful set of songs, and the arrangments and performances are fantastic. The sound is not great – this is not a high quality concert recording even by 1950s standards, and may be why it was not previously released.

My copy is the Vinyl Me Please pressing, which is a limited edition of 1500. The pressing is clean, well packaged, and quite nice, but can’t quite overcome the recording quality.