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Ella and Louis Again [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis ArmstrongAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Analogue Productions
  • ASIN: B0088R9KVC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, after the success of their first album in 1957 and a popular series of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl the previous year, recorded Ella & Louis Again. Fitzgerald shines particularly brightly, singing with sassy confidence throughout. A warmly teasing ''Don't Be That Way'' opens the record, and the warm hearted joy of that song continues throughout the other eleven tracks. The backing quartet, led by the great Oscar Peterson on piano and featuring guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Louis Bellson, is up to the challenge of playing with these two magnificent singers.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're The Top August 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is probably my favorite jazz/pop vocal album of all time. My best friend introduced me to it years ago, and I am overjoyed to see it properly reissued, complete, at long last. There's something magical in the way that Ella's elegance and Armstrong's robust humor combine to produce music of such overwhelming warmth and sophistication. When you hear Armstrong sing the deliciously quaint and suggestive verse to "Let's Do It," all about the little bluebell in the dell, and the little blue bird ("boid" in New Orleanian), and the little blue clerk, marrying Cole Porter's arch '30s wit to his own much deeper knowledge of human need, you will be won over forever. Likewise Fitzgerald's treatment of even the most mundane lyric -- as in "Don't Be That Way" -- makes it seem like pure gold, AND the most natural advice in the world.
Which is not to say that the material is inferior! These are well-chosen standards, lovely tunes that everyone ought to be humming. It's just that these two great singing musicians transform them into something really special. Get this! Get two copies, and give one to *your* best friend. You'll both be happy every time you listen.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Louis and Ella and Oscar Make Us Smile ! ! December 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Besides being the world's BEST jazz pianist (Oscar), jazz songstress (Ella), and trumpet player (Louis), they loved each other's talents and knew how to have fun which rubs off on us listeners. Louis originated scat singing and Ella perfected it. To hear Louis' voice makes us smile and is such a sublime contrast to that perfect vocal instrument that Ella uses to soothe and thrill our ears. The recording is a masterpiece that entertains as few will ever do.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet and lowdown January 6, 2008
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The only time Louis and Ella really shake it loose here, on "Stompin at the Savoy" -- which everybody feels forever compelled to remind you was a lucky run of the tape during some fooling around that Verve decided was so good they just had to include it on the release -- there's a moment when Armstrong riffs something like "one more time, Ella, Norman Granz must be looking at Lionel Hampton." I could visualize, when he sings this, Armstrong looking up into the recording booth and a delirious Granz gesturing wildly with his hands for everybody to play on -- Louie, baby, this is the magic! Whatever, even the liner notes writer on this "Dig" release acknowledges this set isn't exactly wheelhouse stuff for Louis and Ella. It's more white tablecloth Louis and Ella for the cocktails set. No burly blues, jazz and Dixieland here. Kind of jarring, hearing Louis sing the Cole Porter "Let's Do It," but, don't get me wrong for a moment, he's definitely making it happen. It's not hard to imagine Ella laying into "Ill Wind" or scatting her head off on "Stompin at the Savoy," but some of the other stuff walks a finer line, and this set -- as Disc 2 almost - almost - begins to -- could have had an uneasy, forced feeling. These, however, are the two oldest and best pros in the business. Ella and Louis never sound like they're working to find the center of the song; they've got the whole program under control. With the "tasteful", yet completely commanding swing of the Oscar Peterson Trio to carry them along, they find an easy sweet spot and appear to relax. But relax doesn't give them due credit for the complete mastery these two have of their art. They are both among the few very greatest and most distinctive singers in the long history of American popular song. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best jazz vocal albums of all time... March 17, 2000
By Aaron
Format:Audio CD
Ella & Louis Again is classic jazz at it's best, two legends in the studio jamming with Oscar Peterson's jazz combo, it doesn't get any better then this.
Here are ten essential jazz vocal albums some are avaiable on CD(domestic, English or Japanese imports) some you'll have to hunt 2nd hand stores for, but all are worth looking for
1 Ella & Louis Again by Ella Fitgerld &Louis Armstrong, 2 Connee Boswell & The Memphis 5 In Hi-Fi 3 Mel Torme Sings Fred Astaire 4 Anita O'Day-At Mr. Kelly's 5 Bing Crosby-Bing With a Beat 6 Sarah Vaughan & Her Trio-Swingin' Easy 7 John Coltrane+Johnny Hartman 7 Anita O'Day-Live In person 8 Lee Wiley-The Gershwin & Cole Porter Songbooks 9 Helen Humes-Swingin' With Humes 10 Frank Sinatra-Live In Australia
There are hundreds more, but this will get you inroduced to just a couple of the main jazz vocalists and albums (try to stay away from compilation of artists if you can get origional reissues unless the music is before the 50's and all there are are compilations)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise August 23, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is definetely one of my top five favourite albums ever. I listen to it regularly and I never get tired of it. This occasionally amazes me. After all, this music is simple enough: standard jazz tunes, two voices, and a very discreet accompaniment by only a piano (and Peterson, who is so incredibly virtuoso when playing alone, is excellent at understating and remaining in background on this album), drums, a bass and sometimes Louis' trumpet. But the result is magical. Ella and Louis are perfect together, although their voices and styles couldn't be more different. Another reviewer described the blend as "gravel and molasses", and I couldn't put it better. Ella's sweet, pure voice and Louis' rough growl create a contrast that is just ravishing to the ear. And each song is filled with that discreet, subtle, intoxicating swing (kudos to the musicians as well as the singers, for that). Music like this can just brighten your day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can you have too much Ella & Louis?
If you love Ella and Louis, you must have this in your collection. Their first album is 5 stars, this is not quite as magical, but still wonderful on your ears.
Published 5 months ago by Gary S. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Got what I paid for
Happy with it....Good price for a classic! Shipped quickly, no problems. Just re-buying one I'd lost a a few years ago.
Published 5 months ago by Brita Bergstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars it's great!!
Great record and great service!! I have been looking for a certain song for awhile and I finally found it!!!
Published 7 months ago by Wizzle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Voices Great Songs
If I want to calm down and unwind, listening to Ella and Louis does it for me. They just don't make songs like they use to. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Hernando
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella and Louis; Hard to beat.
I heard one track of this CD on the radio and just had to get it. The fact that Oscar Peterson is playing piano in the background makes it even more spectacular.
Published 12 months ago by Tom Panella
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I could listen to this record over and over. Louis and Ella are well matched and their voices are lovely.
Published 13 months ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous to listen to these two!!
Wonderful recording - listen to it over and over! I am a great fan of them individually and therefore really love their being together on this!
Published 15 months ago by Donna Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella & Loius
This is the sweetest album I have. Every time I play it for guests at my home, they ask where they can buy it.
They don't make 'easy listening' like this anymore.
Published 15 months ago by John Kerhlikar
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite, ultimate, sexy.
My absolute favorite vocal CD. Buy it and listen intentely to it.

Ella and Louis were treasures for the ages (like the Miles/Bill Evans sequence) which for me wasn't as... Read more
Published 18 months ago by bloomsday
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic recordings of two of blues legends.
The dynamic and energy between them comes through all these years later. The Savoy track is one that I would wear out and cause those living in my house to have subliminal... Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. Arntson
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