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listen  1. Someone To Watch Over MeElla Fitzgerald 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. My One And OnlyEllis Larkins 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. But Not For MeEllis Larkins 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Looking For A BoyEllis Larkins 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I've Got A Crush On YouElla Fitzgerald 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. How Long Has This Been Going On?Ella Fitzgerald 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. MaybeEllis Larkins 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. SoonEllis Larkins 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I'm Glad There Is You [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. What Is There To Say? [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. People Will Say We're In Love [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Please Be Kind [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Until The Real Thing Comes Along [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Makin' Whoopee [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Imagination [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Stardust [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. My Heart Belongs To Daddy [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. You Leave Me Breathless [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Baby, What Else Can I Do? [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Nice Work If You Can Get It [feat. Ellis Larkins]Ella Fitzgerald 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (February 15, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca Ja
  • ASIN: B000003N3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The flawless lyricism of Ellis Larkins's piano provides an ideal frame for Ella Fitzgerald's maturing art on the two sessions that make up this CD. The first, from 1950, is an all-Gershwin program, while the second, from 1954, includes songs from other masters of the popular ballad, like Sammy Kahn, Cole Porter, and Hoagy Carmichael. Fitzgerald's voice was an ineffable combination of breadth of sound and lightness of delivery. Larkins's spare and sympathetic settings let her caress each song, and her subtle melodic variations and superb diction make each rendering a musical gem. --Stuart Broomer

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I would recommend this album to anyone who loves jazz and Ella.
V. Finch
Ella does this Gershwin tune better than any of them ever could; her voice handles these lyrics so gently and this creates an elegant effect.
Matthew G. Sherwin
That album was actually a prelude to ELLA's massive GERSHWIN songbook of 1959.
ALAIN ROBERT

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By James Morris on December 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I recently came across this CD in my local store and debated taking it home. With 94 Ella Fitzgerald CD's in my collection already, I need another Ella like I need a hole in my head. But when I noticed that it contained the tracks she made with Ellis Larkins on piano, I said "What the heck" and took it home anyway.

I might not have bothered; had I checked first I would have realized that the exact same tracks, in the exact same sequence, occupy disc three of the four-disc boxed set "Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings". That's the problem with re-issue anthologies for someone as prolific a recording artist as Ella - there is always the danger that you already have the all or most of the material they contain.

But I never regret purchasing more of Ella Fitzgerald. These tracks are particularly interesting, as they were made right before her most fruitful and celebrated period, the "Song Book" sessions she did for Norman Granz on his Clef (later known as Verve) label. The idea of having Ella backed with just a piano was sheer genius, and one of the few correct things that Decca did for her during her years there. Ellis Larkins provides her with sympathetic accompaniment on these sessions, and she responds in kind. The Decca producers have long claimed that Ella was not "wasted" during her Decca period, as many critics and fans have complained. I am of the opinion that her Decca years were almost a complete waste, with these wonderful tracks a glorious exception. Her other Decca recordings seemed to concentrate on novelty numbers, and when she was given material she really deserved, the arrangements tended to be either overly commercial, or obscure her delightful voice.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By KSG on December 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This truly is PURE ELLA, no strings or brass, just her voice and the piano.
The perfect recording for a dinner party or an evening sitting by the fire.
This selection of rarified show tunes, many by the Gershwins, are given the royal treatment by Ella and her sublime and swinging pianist, Ellis Larkins.
You can't go wrong with this CD.
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2001
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Be careful that you are ordering the right Ella Fitzgeral CD. There is another outstanding Ella Fitzgerald CD by almost the same name that is very different. It is called "Pure Ella: The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald," and it is the best Elle Fitzgerald ever made.
So don't accidentally order this CD thinking you are getting the other one.
This very enjoyable CD shows a nice side of Ella with the Piano and Gershwin songs, and would make a nice addition to your collection. But it would not be one of my first three choices by Ella Fitzgerald. My first choice would be the other one: "Pure Ella: The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald," released in 1998.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1998
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If you are in love with Ella's voice then this is the cd for you. Solo vocals are backed quietly by Ellis Larkins on piano, who is the model of an accompanist whose only interest is making the singer sound good. One of the most amazing and soulful voices to ever grace this planet.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
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I've never bought a CD in which I liked every song on it.....until now. If you love the hypnotic, pillow soft and meditative reverberations of Ella Fitzgerald's wonderful voice this is the CD for you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2001
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This CD is what is left when all of the preservatives, chemicals, and other unneeded stuff is boiled away. Ella's voice and the piano weave in and out among each other, complementing one another while supporting at the same time. Ella sounds clear and unhurried, as if this were the soundtrack for a lazy day in a hammock. Vibrant, expressive, not taking herself too seriously but emoting 'till the cows come home. She swings, but it's a subtle swing that fits with the relaxed tone. An excellent complement to any jazz collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ALAIN ROBERT on March 9, 2001
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The first 8 numbers were actually ELLA 's first LP.At the time for those old enough to remember LP's were shorter,it's going to change in 1955.That album was actually a prelude to ELLA's massive GERSHWIN songbook of 1959.You always can tell if a singer is good if he is only back up by a pianist,such is the case here and ELLA was indeed a wonderful singer capable of putting her voice againt all sorts of arrangments.The other songs were in a 1954 lp and what a great choice of material that was:2 early SAMMY CAHN songs;superb versions of STARDUST and MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY who are alone worth the price of this cd of great interest to all ELLA FITZGERALD fans.From now on, NORMAN GRANZ will take the singer's interests ,even if a contract was never signed between them, which proves how one respected the other.If you should buy only one ELLA not in the songbook collection,this is the one.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Robert on February 1, 2004
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The year is 1950 or 1954. Imagine that you're inviting an emerging star to sing for you at a dinner party. The singer is the inimitable Ella Fitzgerald. The result might have been this -- "Pure Ella", just her and pianist Ellis Larkins with his trademark feather touch. In a few years from then, Ella re-did most of these tunes for her "Songbook" series, when her voice was -- and that's remarkable -- clearer, sounding like a young girl's, when she was already in her early 40's. Anyway, what we have HERE is Ms. Fitzgerald in a relaxed, soothing mode with no frills. Her pure and ripe voice will stroke and caress you and you'll be glad you can listen to this CD... The highlights include "But Not For Me", "I've Got a Crush On You", "I'm Glad There Is You" and "Until the Real Thing Comes Along", as for Larkins' artistry, suffices one listen to "How Long Has This Been Going On?"
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