Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book is a 1963 studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald accompanied by an orchestra arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. The album focuses on the songs of the composer Jerome Kern. It was recorded January 5-7, 1963 at Radio Recorders Studio 10H, Los Angeles
This was the second of Fitzgerald's songbook series to have been orchestrated by Riddle; their previous collaboration was her George and Ira Gershwin Song Book in 1959. Fitzgerald and Riddle also recorded two albums of standards, Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson and Ella Swings Gently with Nelson, in 1962.
This was the seventh and penultimate album in Fitzgerald's 'songbook' series of songs written by musical theater composers; it was preceded by 1961's Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook and followed by Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book in 1964.
This is the only Songbook where the composer does not contribute any of the lyrics. Awarded four and a half stars by Down Beat magazine in 1963.
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