Easily in my top five Ella Fitzgerald recordings, from a little-heard concert in 1953 Japan with a wildly enthusiastic audience and Ella at the peak of her vocal power.
November 18, 1953, the Nichigeki Theatre in Tokyo. Raymond Tunia on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, J.C. Heard *killing* it on drums.
This is a great example of how loose, playful, and creative Ella could get when she had an audience and a small combo. Much of her studio material, especially in her peak years, tended more toward adult pop, in the Sinatra/standards vein. She didn't often get to go deep into jazz on her studio albums, but her concerts were a whole different story.