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19921905

But Not For Me

By Ella Fitzgerald

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But Not For Me by Ella Fitzgerald. Edited by Rob Duboff and Jeffrey Sultanof. Arranged by Nelson Riddle. For studio orchestra with vocal (Vocal (optional Bb and Eb soloist parts included), 3 Violins, 2 Violas, 3 Cellos, Harp, Guitar, Celeste/Piano, Bass, Drums). Swing. Medium. Published by Jazz Lines Publications (JL.JLP-9462).

This is one of a series of arrangements written by Nelson Riddle for Ella Fitzgerald focusing on the Gershwin songbook. These arrangements constitute some of the most famous settings of classic songs for one of the greatest vocalists in American music. 'Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook' was the high point in the series of songbook packages produced by Norman Granz for the Verve label. There had been four such projects beforehand: boxes of songs by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin preceded it. Granz decided to make the Gershwin box the most ambitious of all of them; 5 LPs plus a 7" limited edition bonus disc that included Riddle arrangements of Gershwin instrumental compositions. This project had the enthusiastic cooperation and participation of lyricist Ira Gershwin who attended the recording sessions and re-wrote lyrics for the occasion. This was the first songbook that was arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. Granz had wanted Riddle for the first songbooks, but he was unavailable at the time. These arrangements have been requested for many years, and it is a thrill to present them. Lead sheets in Eb and Bb keys are included so that they can be performed by an instrumentalist (similar to the Charlie Parker with Strings series).

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