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Ella Fitzgerald - Best of Retail CD
Rather than an attempt to cover Ella Fitzgerald's entire career, this album focuses on the recordings the great jazz vocalist made for Decca between 1941 and 1954 (Essential Ella makes an ideal companion album chronicling the following years when Ella moved to the Verve label). The Khan/Jones tune "The One I Love" (1941) is the earliest track, and though the recording is inevitably dated, Ella's voice is fresh and appealing as ever (the sound quality of the later tracks is very good indeed.) By 1944 Fitzgerald is singing with The Ink Spots, with Harry James and Duke Ellington on "I'm Beginningmore… To See The Light". "Sentimental Journey" (1947) reveals a maturing voice, while a world weary "Black Coffee" has a lush string arrangement and 1950's "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" features a character-filled exchange with Louis Armstrong. "Stardust", "Imagination" and "Making Whoopee!" are expressive piano and voice duets from an 1954 EP, and the album concludes with two George & Ira Gershwin classics from 1950, "How Long Has This Been Goin' On" and the incomparable "Someone to Watch Over Me". Further gems from the early 50s can be found on Pure Ella, while Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook is likewise indispensable. --Gary S. Dalkin
- Ella Fitzgerald - Best of Retail CD
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- 15/04/07 by allcdcovers
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