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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pablo
  • ASIN: B000000XJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Ella's voice became thicker and more textured as she got older, and on this 1974 set, recorded while she was still in her mid-50's, is her best post-Verve performance. Her lower timbre not too thick, it added to her vocals just a hint of blues. Ella just jams on this album, every cut a great new interpretation of an old standard, my favorite being "The Man That Got Away" which starts out as a ballad and builds to a swingin' session. Other eye openers are "I'm In The Mood For Love" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" in which she and Clark Terry try to outscat each other. It's a wild ride and a tribute to Ella's ever increasing talents as a jazz stylist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter on January 20, 2005
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The subtitle of this CD reads "Ella Jams", which basically describes this CD. Even at 57 years-old, Ella Fitzgerald still proves she's GOT IT ! Producer Norman Granz (who at this point had been recording Ella for decades) assembles basically the "Cream of the Crop" in the jazz world playing alongside Ella. She definitely rises to the occasion.

The biggest criticism you can throw at Ella is her somewhat lack of "emotionalism" when singing "down and out" material -- the blusier jazz songs. Yes, she could swing with the best of them, but when it came time to sing the blues or songs with a downbeat message, Ella had a problem in her interpretations. With the same material, Ella's contemporary and biggest rival -- Billie Holiday -- exceled with this stuff. But on this CD, Ella proves she can dig far deep into her material. Perhaps at this stage in her long storied career, Ella had reached a point where she could see life from a different perspective, which probably contributed to her newfound interpretation of these songs that maybe she couldn't manage even 10 years earlier.

Nothing demonstrates this better than the title track where Ella tackles the song so identified with (and written by) Billie Holiday --- "Fine and Mellow". This track alone is worth the purchase price. Ella uses her slightly rough-hewn vocals and wide vibrato (both due to age) to great effect. Her jazz guys are simply superb playing alongside her. A gorgeous song sung and played by Ella and her guys. This track loses nothing to the original so well done by Billie in many different interepretations.

It's also refreshing to hear Ella singing in a jazz setting again after countless orchestra recordings (it can get tiring).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 1999
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Recorded in 1974, this is Ella Fitzgerald's best recording from the 1970s. It's similar to "Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie" in featuring her in a strictly jazz setting, although one that is more noisy and rambunctious. Her accompaniment is among the best ever with Joe Pass, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Zoot Sims, Tommy Flanagan, Ray Brown and Louie Bellson. Ella scats up a storm on "Rocking in Rhythm," and this version, in my view, is superior to the one found on the fabled "Duke Ellington Songbook." Another highlight is when Clark Terry joins Ella for a dual "scatfest" on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love." He darn near outdoes Ella!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PDB on March 27, 2006
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By the late 1960s, Ella Fitzgerald had been recorded in almost every conceivable context. Yet there were not many cuts, let alone whole albums, which could truly be called jamming sessions. The gap was finally filled when Ella's long-time manager, Norman Granz, set up a new record company, Pablo, in the early 1970s. The express purpose of the Pablo label was to record major jazz artists jamming, and for the recording date that produced Fine and Mellow Granz assembled a quite amazing constellation of talent. Apart from seasoned Fitzgerald collaborators such as Tommy Flanagan, Ray Brown and Sweets Edison, the octet here includes Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Lockjaw Davis and Louie Bellson, as well as the guitarist Joe Pass, with whom Ella was to record successfully throughout the 1970s. The result, as you might hope, is an album that is at once electrifying and beautifully laid-back.

If you know Ella primarily from Verve recordings, cut when her vocal sound was unmatched in its bell-like purity, you might be dubious about buying an album pressed in 1974, when her powers were fading. By this stage, it's true, her voice was roughened by age, non-stop touring and ill-health. However, none of her musicality, her sensitivity to lyrics or her musical inventiveness had left her - indeed, they were never to do so - and the sheer vivacity of her performances here make this record a real treasure. Fitzgerald was always a humble artist, what is remarkable here is the way that she works in with the group, a soloist among soloists and emphatically not a vocalist with instrumental backing. If anything, the cracks in the ageing voice ensured that she blended with the four horns and with Joe Pass's moody guitar sound better than she would have done a decade before.
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