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|Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong|
Our Love Is Here To Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
When Ella and Louis recorded a series of albums together for Verve in 1956 and 1957, George Gershwin's songs were a constant theme, including a double LP of Porgy and Bess that delighted Ira Gershwin. This 1998 compilation... more »
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When Ella and Louis recorded a series of albums together for Verve in 1956 and 1957, George Gershwin's songs were a constant theme, including a double LP of Porgy and Bess that delighted Ira Gershwin. This 1998 compilation pulls together material from those recordings to celebrate a union of jazz's greatest singers with a songwriter who had been an essential resource for jazz since the 1920s. The chemistry is consistently inspired, with Armstrong's gravelly voice, perfect rhythmic sense, and still-eloquent trumpet providing a fine complement to Fitzgerald's consummately smooth delivery and extraordinary range. Also included are Ella and Louis's own takes on Gershwin from contemporary sessions, including Fitzgerald's Jazz at the Philharmonic version of "Oh, Lady, Be Good!" (from At the Opera House) that includes Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Stan Getz among the tenor saxophonists. Collectors will want the CD reissues of the original albums to get a complete picture of the Fitzgerald and Armstrong partnership, or Fitzgerald's own extended encounter with Gershwin in the Songbook series; nevertheless, this is a delightful introduction to an inspired collaboration. --Stuart Broomer
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Ryn W. (VermicioussKnid) from LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
Reviewed on 3/23/2012...
i listen to it over and over. These two make lovely duets and this set list makes them shine.
Linda C. from CRESCENT CITY, CA
Reviewed on 11/12/2006...
Purchased in 2005. Perfect condition
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
It does not get any better than this!!
firstname.lastname@example.org | phoenix, arizona | 02/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"for any of us who think we are born to late for good music..take heart!! this cd is a must for anyone who likes music..ella is at her best and louis is the perfect partner...the new, remastered songs sound like they are singing a private concert just for you!! Their rendition of "I got plenty of nothin" is a treat for any Gershwin fan. I can not recommend this cd highly enough. I was turned on to this cd while spending a semester in Koeln Germany. (If anyone is planing a trip..i highly recomend Gonski Music at Neumarkt...the best selection of jazz cd's and they let you listen to cd's before you buy them..even if you don't buy them!! A great way to spend a rainy afternoon!)"
A great introduction to this fantastic duet
Luciano Ribeiro Sobral | São Paulo, Brazil | 10/09/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ella and Louis are undoubtfully one of the greatest duets of the popular music. Many others tried to emulate them, but we'll have to wait a very long time until another couple of great singers develop the perfect chemistry showed in this records.
This album it's a collection of 16 Gershwin's songs. The best tracks are with Ella and Louis singing together with small groups or big bands, but you can find great moments of each one singing alone (as Ella in "Oh Lady Be Good"). The collection also brings some samples of the opera "Porgy and Bess". You can face this album as a test: if you like it (and it's virtually impossible dislike the music of a great composer sang by the greatest musicians), you are ready to know the other masterpieces recorded by Ella & Louis, like "Ella & Louis", "Ella & Louis Again" and "Porgy and Bess"."