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Patti Austin
for Ella
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
 
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Vocal diva Patti Austin delivers a soulful, moving tribute to America's first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald. Backed by the swinging WDR Big Band and String Orchestra and featuring new arrangements by Grammy Award-winning...  more »

     
   
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All Artists: Patti Austin
Title: for Ella
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Playboy Jazz
Release Date: 5/21/2002
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
Styles: Swing Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Adult Contemporary, Vocal Pop, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 013431750321

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Vocal diva Patti Austin delivers a soulful, moving tribute to America's first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald. Backed by the swinging WDR Big Band and String Orchestra and featuring new arrangements by Grammy Award-winning arranger Patrick Williams. 13 tracks including 'Too Close For Comfort', 'Honeysuckle Rose' & 'Satin Doll'.

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Janet P. from DELHI, NY
Reviewed on 10/3/2010...
A wonderful tribute to Ella. I saw her perform songs from this cd in concert & they were just as great.
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CD Reviews

A swinging love letter to Miss Ella!!
B. J. Lane | Levittown, PA United States | 06/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Being a huge Ella fan, I had no choice but to grab this new CD in which Patti pays her own loving, yet swinging homage. As far as I'm concerned, this deserves much more than 5 stars!!! Thanks to the slam-dunk big band/string charts fashioned by that arranger extraordinaire, Patrick Williams, Patti smacks this one right out of the ballpark. Ella put her stamp on thousands of songs throughout her career, but included herein are the creme de la creme of her repetoire, such as "Mr. Paganini" and "How High the Moon" (both sung note for note exactly as Ella recorded them), "The Man I Love," "Too Close for Comfort" (with some explosive scatting in the out chorus), and so on. One track that will surely get lots of play on my stereo is "Hearing Ella Sing," written by Patrick Williams and Arthur Hamilton (the man who wrote "Cry Me a River" for Julie London). Kudos to the aforementioned Mr. Williams (fast becoming one of my favorite arrangers), Gregg Field for his explosive drumming and co-producing, and the WDR Big Band and Orchestra for such superb backing that ought to make the Hollywood studio elite take notice. With this CD, Ms. Austin demonstrates that she can do much more than R&B and pop...this is a must for her fans, as well as those who dig great jazz singing - Ella, we'll never let you go!!!"
Miss Ella Regrets Patti Austin Took so Long to sing her tune
prisrob | New EnglandUSA | 07/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Patti Austin well known to many of us, or then again maybe not so well known to us as the best commerical ad singer in the business. It paid the bills, and then she could sing her heart out in front of the crowds. This album, a love song to Ella, is the best I've heard. My favorites are "Miss Otis Regrets" and "Hard Hearted Hannah", belted out in true Patti Austin style. Her voice is lush and smooth- warming the tendrils of the heart. Patti seems to have waited a life time for this CD, and it is well worth it. The arrangements are superb as is the big band. A CD worth its weight in gold."