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This one had "landmark" written all over it when it came out in '57-Ella singing Ellington classics backed by Duke himself (with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hodges and more jazz giants). Discs one and two contain the complete original Song Book recordings; disc three features unissued recordings of Ella, Ellington and Strayhorn rehearsing!
There will never be another Ella, and the world is all the poorer because of that sad fact. She could sing the Manhattan phone book and make it sound like magic.Published 3 months ago by Pluto44
A wonderful record with two of the greatest musicians of my lifetime. Duke and Ella seem to really breathe new life into his wonderful if familiar songbook. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Larry from Brooklyn
really an excellent kcollection....no background disturbance and the voice quality is terrificPublished 6 months ago by Edward Chalfant
Duke Ellington's charts and arrangements, Ella approaching her peak. What does that up to? Try perfection. This is a benchmark, this is standard setting. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dennis E. Hartnett
NOBODY could even come close to Ella. Seeing her several times in San Francisco, it brings many fond memories. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Leo
Sound quality it good enough to do justice to both of these legends. Fans will either prefer the small band disc or the big band disc, I slightly prefer the small band songs. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Frank J. Altschul
A fan of Ella and the Duke means this had to be in my collection. Great recording that is especially great when you read that it was performed almost completely without rehearsal... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Barry A. Hudson
Best female vocalist sings the Ellington numbers which have become standards in American music. The Duke
himself could not have asked for better.