Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Ella Sings Broadway
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Ella sings the best of Broadway
Paul A. Tassone | Glenwood, NSW , Australia | 02/20/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ella Fitzgerald's recordings for the Verve label mark what was undoubtedly the finest period in an unequalled recording career. Foremost among the recordings she made for the label were her eight song books albums in which she paid tribute to some of the finest song writing talents of the 20th Century and her unforgettable series of live concert albums. These legendarey recordings sometimes overshadow the other fine recordings she made in her career such as the delightful 1962 recording "Ella Sings Broadway".This album appears on Compact Disc for the first time and is a welcome addition to the already mamoth collection of Ella CD's. The album allows Ella to interpret a fine collection of Broadway show tunes. Among the highlights here are a swinging "Hernando's Hideaway", sensitive readings of the lovely ballads "Warm All Over" and "No Other Love", a bright swinging version of "Almost Like Being In Love" and sprightly romp through "Show Me" taken at a breakneck tempo with the unparralled queen of swing never missing a beat.The album is representative of Ella's Verve years and features the singer vocally at her peak. She is backed by a small, swinging orchestra that features brass though no arranger was credited on the original album jacket. For Ella-philes, the Compact Disc version of this album is essential. The album also provides the perfect opportunity for those interested in hearing the singer at her peak."
A LONG LOST GEM!
Giovanni M. | Chicago, IL | 03/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For years and years, we Ella Fitzgerald fans knew of its existance, and have even wore the wax off the LP version, but at last we have what the liner notes correctly calls "the perfect complement" to Ella's Songbook Series. Here is a collection of great Broadway tunes that didn't necessarliy fall in that prestigious "songbook" category, presented By Ella with the superb backing of Marty Paich, that West Coast Jazz Master himself. Ella is in particularly good, swinging form (which amply describes most of her life on earth) and Marty does wonderfully well in these 1962 California sessions. The light bounce to "WARM ALL OVER" comes off without a hitch and really does make you feel just like the title says. Ella's take on South Pacific's "DITES MOI" is both delightful and swinging; a top-notch arrangement by Paich abets her tastefully. There is a jazzy-yet-latin-tinged treatment of "NO OTHER LOVE" that makes for a fine female reading of this Perry Como classic. A particular standout comes with the closer, "SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE" that seems to have been written for Ella. Again, Paich's orchestration put this one over the top. (Only Nelson Riddle could have improved, I suspect) A track of note is "WHATEVER LOLA WANTS", a song tackled by every female chanteuse out there since its publishing. Ella doesn't over-do it, and never tries to upstage "Sassy" Vaughan's classic reading. A long anticipated re-release from Verve, that will leave you aching for more of the Ella and Paich sessions. Their "WHISPER NOT" album should rightfully follow very soon, as the masses have been begging Verve for it for years, but still no definite plans from Verve. Meanwhile, there's always the "ELLA SWINGS LIGHTLY" package that Paich orchestrated in 1960, which is still in print and also recommended. Thank you VERVE for this great old album's re-release!"
The One That Got Away
Geoffrey Mark Fidelman | Sherman Oaks, CA United States | 03/19/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As Ella's Biographer, I do not really believe as many others do that this is one of her best efforts. When Ella tackled sophisticated Broadway material, as opposed to tin pan alley pop, she needed a strong hand to help with her interpretations. She doesn't really get one here. I spoke with Marty Paich before his untimely death, and he did not remember being a part of this album at all. If Paich was the man in charge, why did they re-do "If I Were A Bell" from their previous album in 1958? This album did not do well when originally released, which is why it was never re-released on vinyl or on CD before now. Don't get me wrong: none of Ella's Verve albums are bad, but with Sweet Songs for Swingers, Hello, Dolly!, and Whisper Not still unavailble in the US or imported from Japan, I am curious at the choice of releasing this one now. The best track for my money? "Hernando's Hideaway""