Ella Live....Nothing Else Like It,
This review is from: Norman Granz Jazz In Montreux Presents Ella & Basie '79 (DVD)
There's just nothing like Ella Fitzgerald live...especially live at Montereaux.... with Baise! I only can dream that I was there and live vicariously through this DVD.
I could have done without the intro on the DVD which was kinda dumb, but after that, we got to what I was looking for, Ella, singing live, going toe to toe with all the musicians; out-scatting them and never missing a beat.
Sure, this was no huge big production with great lighting, camera angles, etc, but that's exactly what makes it so great! With Ella, there's no need for all the extra trimmings and wrappings. She doesn't even need to move around the stage and you can still feel the electricity she generates just by the honesty and purity of the performance. Nothing is held back, you get it all and that's what makes it wonderful. That's what makes it Ella!