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Ella Sings Broadway Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Jazz Heritage Society / Verve
  • ASIN: B003CGW6EM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paul A. Tassone on February 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ella Fitzgerald's recordings for the Verve label mark what was undoubtedly the finest period in an unequalled recording career. Foremost among the recordings she made for the label were her eight song books albums in which she paid tribute to some of the finest song writing talents of the 20th Century and her unforgettable series of live concert albums. These legendarey recordings sometimes overshadow the other fine recordings she made in her career such as the delightful 1962 recording "Ella Sings Broadway".
This album appears on Compact Disc for the first time and is a welcome addition to the already mamoth collection of Ella CD's. The album allows Ella to interpret a fine collection of Broadway show tunes. Among the highlights here are a swinging "Hernando's Hideaway", sensitive readings of the lovely ballads "Warm All Over" and "No Other Love", a bright swinging version of "Almost Like Being In Love" and sprightly romp through "Show Me" taken at a breakneck tempo with the unparralled queen of swing never missing a beat.
The album is representative of Ella's Verve years and features the singer vocally at her peak. She is backed by a small, swinging orchestra that features brass though no arranger was credited on the original album jacket. For Ella-philes, the Compact Disc version of this album is essential. The album also provides the perfect opportunity for those interested in hearing the singer at her peak.
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For years and years, we Ella Fitzgerald fans knew of its existance, and have even wore the wax off the LP version, but at last we have what the liner notes correctly calls "the perfect complement" to Ella's Songbook Series. Here is a collection of great Broadway tunes that didn't necessarliy fall in that prestigious "songbook" category, presented By Ella with the superb backing of Marty Paich, that West Coast Jazz Master himself. Ella is in particularly good, swinging form (which amply describes most of her life on earth) and Marty does wonderfully well in these 1962 California sessions. The light bounce to "WARM ALL OVER" comes off without a hitch and really does make you feel just like the title says. Ella's take on South Pacific's "DITES MOI" is both delightful and swinging; a top-notch arrangement by Paich abets her tastefully. There is a jazzy-yet-latin-tinged treatment of "NO OTHER LOVE" that makes for a fine female reading of this Perry Como classic. A particular standout comes with the closer, "SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE" that seems to have been written for Ella. Again, Paich's orchestration put this one over the top. (Only Nelson Riddle could have improved, I suspect) A track of note is "WHATEVER LOLA WANTS", a song tackled by every female chanteuse out there since its publishing. Ella doesn't over-do it, and never tries to upstage "Sassy" Vaughan's classic reading. A long anticipated re-release from Verve, that will leave you aching for more of the Ella and Paich sessions. Their "WHISPER NOT" album should rightfully follow very soon, as the masses have been begging Verve for it for years, but still no definite plans from Verve. Meanwhile, there's always the "ELLA SWINGS LIGHTLY" package that Paich orchestrated in 1960, which is still in print and also recommended. Thank you VERVE for this great old album's re-release!
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Although the repetoire is a bit mixed from the opera-ish "My Fair Lady" to the classical Broadway "Guys and Dolls," this album somehow pulls the collection of songs all together.
I appreciated that this album also includes some beautiful songs from Loesser's lesser known show "The Most Happy Fella." Ella brings warmth to "Warm All Over" with her rich, sonorous voice along with a simple piano accompaniment, showing divergence from her normal jazzy voice.
Ella's renditioin of Dites-Moi changes the song from a children's tune to a flirtatious love song. In general, the way she makes the songs her own and puts new twists on some old standards made this an amazing album. (The awesome arrangements and accompaniments also helped as well).
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Geoffrey Mark Fidelman's comment about the arranger/conductor on this welcome addition to the great American Songbook prompted a little dialogue on this issue. The record album never indicated the musical conductor or arranger. However, if I were to hazard a guess, in my opinion the orchestra and chorus is much more reminiscent of Frank DeVol's backing in Ella's Verve Christmas album.
I will skip the platitudes in praising Ella's performance since that has been covered so well in other reviews.
My choice for the star of the collection is "Somebody Somewhere." It's one of those quirky tunes that is not likely to linger in one's memory for very long. However, when heard as the final number on this CD, it keeps going round and round in my head for quite a while.
There appears to be two alternate takes offered on the CD - most notably in the coda of "Steam Heat" and around and including the bridge of "Guy and Dolls." No big issue, just an observation.
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Purchased this CD because I love this artist. The clarity of voice, the instruments, the music, absolutely "LOVE" it. The price was reasonable, the product arrived on time, I am very pleased with the purchase. It seems only Amazon specializes with the 'older artists', and the availability of finding thier product online. Very satisfied with my purchase, and I highly recommend it to others.
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