"Louis Armstrong’s career began nearly 15 years before Ella Fitzgerald’s. In fact, Louis was one of Ella’s first musical idols. By the early Forties, she was already a well-known star. Although both Ella and Louis had probably met and performed together previously, they wouldn’t be heard on record as a duet until January 1946, when they waxed the first of a few Decca sessions. These dates had no real plan and were limited to pop tunes from that period. The situation would dramatically change on the three LPs they made between 1956 and 1957 for producer Norman Granz’s Verve label, which complete their collective discography – with the sole exception of two live songs (“You Won’t Be Satisfied” and “Undecided”) recorded at a Hollywood Bowl concert on August 15, 1956. Those memorable albums were Ella & Louis (presented here), its sequel Ella & Louis Again, and the selection of tunes from George Gershwin’s folk opera Porgy & Bess."
- Jazz Messengers