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Ella and Oscar [Vinyl]
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Audio CD, Import, Limited Edition, December 17, 2008
Vinyl, April 16, 1995
Audio, Cassette, November 18, 1991
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Mean to me
How long has this been going on?
When your lover has gone
More than you ever know
There's a lull in my life
I hear music
Street of Dreams
April in Paris
While I'm sure this disc is good, the LP is an incredible laid back affair. If you can find it, pick it up.
Ella Fitzgerald was in her late fifties, not at the apex of her long and fruitful musical career when she recorded this album, "Ella and Oscar" and yet she still sings with such grace and precision she was always well-known for. And I really admire her for that. She still exudes enthusiasm and warmth in all her renditions albeit a slight difference on her vocal cords. She was still the undisputed "First Lady of Song."
As always, the virtuoso of jazz piano is at his best as he backs Ella's voice with his sublime and distinctive style on the ivories. The listeners will be treated to nine of the most definitive songs from the Great American Songbook. Joining them on the last half of this presentation is Oscar Peterson's long-time partner and one of the best bass players whom Ella fell in love with and married, Ray Brown.
One of the standouts from this collection is a Gershwin classic, "How Long Has This Been Going On?" where she projects her wide-ranging vocals to Peterson's engaging accompaniment. She's at her most emotional side singing "More Than You Know" with heartfelt sentiment while Peterson is mellowing it down for the most part.
For my choicest cut, it has to be an all-time favorite of mine, "Midnight Sun," a beautiful song co-written by Johnny Burke, Lionel Hampton and Johnny Mercer. Whenever I hear this song, it reminds me of an interesting anecdote on how Mercer discovered this tune that eventually led him to pen the lyrics out of his love-at-first-listen with the melody.
"I can't explain the silver rain that found me
Or was that a moonlit veil?
The music of the universe around me
Or was that a nightingale?"
For fans of Ella and Oscar, this is a welcome addition to your collection. With my heartfelt recommendation.
And this album!
I love this for the purity of sound, and while Ella sounds superb with a band, when it's just her and Oscar, her power shines through.
Thanks to modern re-mastering techniques, this sounds better than ever. I love it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic Jazz Ella & Oscar just as I expected
Twoo of the most revered artists ever
I have to agree with the reviewer from Tennessee. When you think of a vocalist of the calibre of Ella you don't think any recording could be marginal, but this one really is. Read morePublished on June 12, 2003 by Lesa Sorensen-Joseph
If, like me, you couldn't imagine a bad Ella Fitzgerald record, especially with Oscar Peterson, beware. This is it. Read morePublished on July 24, 2001 by W. S. Rukeyser
This exciting dou of Ella & Oscar is spectacular it's on my top ten jazz vocal lp list. These are essential lp's for any serious jazz vocal collectors. Read morePublished on February 23, 2000
If you're an Ella or Oscar fan then you'll love this title. Nobody can sing these tunes like Ella, and no one can play them like Oscar...Published on February 3, 2000 by Amazon Customer
I am ordering this, but everyone should consider the 1958 "ELLA AT THE OPERA HOUSE" RECORDING.Published on September 6, 1999