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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2000
Ella Fitzgerald had class right up tp the end, and this being one of her later sessions, proves that she did. Her voice has more feeling then it did on her previous two Gershwin sets(Ella Sings Gershwin on Decca and The Gershwin Songbook on Verve) Ella always was brilliant when accompanied by just a piano or just a guitar(as the Joe Pass duet albums on Pablo prove) and here she duets with Andre Previn, as they uplift these timeless Gershwin standards... Recommended to all jazz buffs, as well as lovers of the great American songbook. This is a real gem.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2000
I would give anything to have been present at this session, it must have been amazing to see and hear Ella sing with just a piano, a very intimate and wonderful set. Essental jazz! Also worth picking up is Doris Day and Andre Previn "Duet" it's surprisingly a very jazzy set also.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2000
It's Amazing, superb to hear a marvelous mixture of Previn piano and Ella great voice, a real Jewel....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2009
Ok, so you put together the greatest female vocalist of all times -ELLA FITZGERALD and a total music maven - ANDRE PREVIN and some truly wonderful Gershwin tunes, and you get this album....oops, I mean CD. It's terrific. Produced by the world-famous Jazz Impressario, Norman Granz and with interesting, beautifully written liner notes by Benny Green. Get this and enjoy - again and again.
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on April 23, 2015
When I first heard this Norman-Granz-produced album some years ago, I was considerably disappointed, but not really surprised. Ella was, by 1983, long past her vocal prime. Her vibrato had widened, there was often a rasp in her voice, and those once-seamless transitions were ragged.

But with time and repeated hearings, I've had to revise my original evaluation. While hardly showing Ella at her best, this collection isn't a failure. The timbre of her voice remains, on the whole, remarkably youthful. And while she can no longer sing with the abandon she once did, her recognition of her own shortcomings and her efforts to circumvent them result in some remarkably gentle and reflective moments. Also, on occasion, some insightful parsing of the lyrics and clever melodic reinvention that's up there with anything she's done. There's a tenderness to the entire enterprise that's quite endearing.

Previn, always a witty pianist (a very witty man, in fact), contributes quite a few felicitous ideas of his own, though never at the expense of the singer; and, as always, the bassist he has chosen to work with, in this case Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, is among the best.

If I have a complaint about this record, and of course I HAVE, it's that its advertised strength is its weakness. The material is all-Gershwin, all-classic, and all over-performed. It's possible to have too much of anything – even Beethoven's Fifth – and by now, in my sixth decade of living with the songs of George and Ira, I hope I can be forgiven for not feeling quite the exhilaration I felt during my first few thousand encounters with 'A Foggy Day', 'But Not for Me', and 'I've Got a Crush on You'. It would take more than the combined genius of an Ella Fitzgerald and an André Previn to find new and fresh ways of illuminating this repertoire.

Nonetheless, nice work....
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on March 19, 2015
Ella Fitzgerald is incomparable. Andre Previn is unbelievable talented. Put the two of them together, and then add the genius of Gershwin?

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2015
Not sure I particularly LOVE so-called "lounge jazz" - and this CD is one of them. I would expect this kind of music in a restaurant, bar, lounge, but NOT when I want some real jazz.
Still, Ella and Monsieur Previn - fabulous collector's item!
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