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Early Years 2
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Ella Fitzgerald began her career while still in her teens, singing with drummer Chick Webb's great swing band, and rapidly establishing herself as one of the era's leading singers. When Webb died in 1938, Fitzgerald assume... more »
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Ella Fitzgerald began her career while still in her teens, singing with drummer Chick Webb's great swing band, and rapidly establishing herself as one of the era's leading singers. When Webb died in 1938, Fitzgerald assumed the leadership of the band. This two-CD set documents the period from 1939 to 1941, and it includes hits like the opening "Undecided," the kind of rhythm tune with which Fitzgerald could already distinguish herself, with a meticulous command of tune and timing. Webb was irreplaceable, but the group remained a distinguished swing band, while Fitzgerald demonstrated the musical way with ballads that would be a hallmark of her career. --Stuart Broomer
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Ella at her finest
Susan Wadden | Seattle | 01/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How fresh is the feeling of Ella, always and forever. At age twenty-one, her voice is sweet, like honey and molasses on a breeze: smooth, rich, effortless. This dense double CD compilation, its musical heritage recorded with impeccable clarity, is an essential addition to any collection of jazz history, for these are the years when Ella blossems into her full (magical) maturity, and when, tragically, her brilliant and well loved band leader, Chick Webb, dies of tuberculosis at the height of his fame. Their last songs recorded together: chew chew chew (chew your bubble gum), little white lies, and don't worry 'bout me, are reason enough to have (and to hold) this gem of a recording. Dense also in poetry are the lyrics of these fine songs: "as we sail away on a crest of a thrill, keep building a stairway to the stars, it would be heaven to climb with you"...so light a voice in so heavy a time, Ella, the early years, 1939-1941...a heavenly sound heralding a heartbreaking war...This music is all that music can be, and more."
Enjoyable to the ear
E. Scruggs | Millsboro, Delaware | 09/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was a present for my father. He wanted to hear Ella Fitzgerald's early years. It was a hit with him and some of his friends he shared it with."