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Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas Album
Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas Album
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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There's rarely--if ever--been another singer like Ella Fitzgerald, whose glowing personality and seamless singing talents always make it sound deceptively easy to sing as beautifully as she did. Cool phrasing, wonderful in...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ella Fitzgerald
Title: Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas Album
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1967
Re-Release Date: 8/1/2000
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Holiday & Wedding, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724352767427

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There's rarely--if ever--been another singer like Ella Fitzgerald, whose glowing personality and seamless singing talents always make it sound deceptively easy to sing as beautifully as she did. Cool phrasing, wonderful intonation, and a guileless voice (perfect for Christmas music) were just a few of her vocal trademarks. Fitzgerald's Christmas record (first released in 1967), however, seems geared more toward mainstream fans and thus may disappoint those keener on her jazz orientation. That said, faithful vocal renditions and arrangements of classics such as "O Holy Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful" find Ella in her simple but elegant, heartfelt best. One could quibble with the schmaltzy backing vocals that color standards like "We Three Kings" and the more playful "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." But with someone like this queen of song leading the mix, you might just find yourself joining in on the chorus. --Martin Keller

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CD Reviews

Proof that Ella was indeed a heavenly singer . . .
bluemamma | 12/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This collection of Christmas carols and hymns may not be the most exciting or jazzy Christmas collection, but the genre is well-suited for Ella's beautiful, simple, and well-articulated vocals. Some of the background arrangements may a bit dated, such as "We Three Kings," but since this album is full of "traditional" songs one can look at it as an evocation of nostalgia. (Then it's fun to listen to with a cup of hot cider and a warm sweater.) I would definitely recommend this to Ella fans, especially ones who may not mind when she isn't a purely jazz singer. In any case, the compilation makes for a good variety in a Christmas CD collection.
The CD ends all too soon: the total running time clocks in at just under 30 minutes. I recommend purchasing Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, too. You'll definitely want more Ella to keep you in that holiday spirit after hearing her lovely voice singing some of your favorite Christmas songs."
Calming Christmas Sounds
She Who Reads | 10/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Each year we tend to make Christmas dreams harder to achieve as we place higher expectations on material goods. If you find yourself stressed this Christmas, make yourself a good cup of joe, light a fire, put Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas Album on, and then snuggle with a loved one. Ella's masterful styling mixed with an unobtrusive choir, reminds us that Christmas is simply about family and Love come down to earth."
Excellent!
garfieldguy | Matthews, NC United States | 10/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ella had perhaps the most beautiful voice of the 20th century, and she brings a wonderful glow to these traditional carols. You can feel the warmth that she radiates... perfect for the Christmas season, or ANY rainy day. I give it only four stars because it's too short! But the music itself gets five. :D"