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Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson Extra tracks

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 20, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Verve/Polygram
  • ASIN: B0000046QD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A masterful performance of the vocal art, superbly arranged by genius arranger Nelson Riddle and brilliantly played by his mostly unidentified orchestra (later Verve releases rectify this omission this problem by giving full band member listings). Many players can be guessed at as Riddle preferred to draw from a solid "stable" of first-rate musicians also heard to good effect on other Ella collaborations as well as recordings with Sinatra, Cole, Garland and many others.
All the songs here are well-chosen standards and like it's sibling album, "Ella Swings Gently with Nelson", are familiar enough to be fun to listen to without being common enough to be overused.
All are interpreted in an upbeat fashion; even "When Your Lover Has Gone" - usually a "downer" in the standards repertoire - is re-invented as a brisk, even joyous, swinger (along the lines of an earlier Riddle arrangement for the delightful Keely Smith).
Ella is consistently fantastic (as always) and her sense of swing is impeccable. Riddle has constructed some top-notch arrangements and is well-served by his orchestra.
Ella's solo vocal performance earned the album a Grammy in 1962. Why Riddle did not receive an Grammy for his arrangements over this period is a crime and a mystery (he finally received due recognition in the early 1980's after fashioning Linda Ronstadt's standards album "What's New?").
This album is a gem of tasteful craftsmanship and smacks of quality from a time when popular music was being mauled by the aural horrors and infantile lyrics of rock n' roll.
A classic album: a must-buy for all fans of Ella, Riddle and of good music in general
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From beginning to end, this CD is a swinging masterpiece. The band is terrific; you'll be snapping your fingers, sayin' "yeah, boy!" before you know it.The tracks are a great mixture of standards that everybody knows along with some others that are not as frequently recorded. My particular favorites are "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" by Duke Ellington and "The Gentleman is a Dope". Ella's got just the right 'tude. And her voice sounds mostly wonderful, too. The recording quality is excellent especially when compared to some other recordings from this era (1962). I would *highly* recommend this CD for anyone trying to select their first Ella CD. It's SO much fun, and not at all "difficult" the way some of her more straight-ahead work might seem.
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This is my first Ella CD and I'm just blown away by it. This is such a fun, classy, swinging set that I've played it about 12 times in two days. The band came to play and Ella is just fabulous. Her range, tone and pitch are phenomenal, but the real treat is the joy with which she sings. She makes the heartbreaker, When Your Lover Has Gone, sound like a party. These are swing tunes baby! What a punchy, snappy set.
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This was the first of a pair of LPs now on CD that Ella Fitzgerald recorded in 1959 and 1961 with Nelson Riddle, apart from the Great American Songbook releases of music by Mercer, Kern and Gershwin on which they collaborated. It opens with a swinging arrangement of Einar Swan's `When your lover has gone' and Benny Goodman's `Don't be that way'. Walter Donaldson's `Love me or leave me' to which Gus Kahn put words is given a solid slow beat. There are a couple of Duke Ellington compositions -`I'm gonna go fishin'' and `What am I here for?', Jerome Kern's `I won't dance' from Roberta and `Pick yourself up'. I didn't think the Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz number `Alone together' fared so well as an up-tempo number - but then I've been spoiled by Bob Manning's version! `Call me darling' appears here again as on Ella Swings Gently with Nelson in a very slightly different take, as does Gershwin's `Somebody loves me', lifted from the Gershwin Songbook album. Overall, this is a bright and cheerful collaboration with Ella and Nelson in great form.
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The album that won a Grammy Award for Ella Fitzgerald -- for Best Female Vocal Performance. With arranger Nelson Riddle doing the charts, this is musical perfection. Lots of standards for Lady Ella to maker her own: "I Won't Dance," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "Pick Yourself Up," and "When Your Lover Has Gone" are among the standouts. The nine bonus tracks are special too, but for some reason feature more reverb that makes them sound as if recorded in another session (in fact, two were: "Somebody Loves Me" and Cheerful Little Earful," recorded in 1959; the rest were recorded during the session that produced the original LP). Among the bonus tracks, my two favorites are the searing "Call Me Darling (long take)" and the scintillating "All of Me" where Ella's scatting is equal parts poetry and equal parts music. Having achieved enchanting results with the Gershwin Songbook, we knew Lady Ella and Nelson made an incomparable music team, and this swingin' affair confirms it. Not to be missed. Five stars.
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Ella Fitzgerald, The First Lady of Song, possessed a rare talent that still clearly sets her apart from her contemporaries both past and present. While other "celebrities" have long been buried and forgotten, Ella remains a national treasure and a formidable force in the entertainment industry. It would do younger artists well to study her craftsmanship; and this CD gives us a great place to start.

The CD track set starts with "When Your Lover Has Gone." Ella's excellent diction, smooth as silk delivery and vocal gymnastics showcase her talents on "When Your Lover Has Gone." Nelson Riddle's arrangement shines with sprightly use of the horns; and the percussion works well, too. If you want to hear elegance in motion, listen to "When Your Lover Has Gone." Wow! "Don't Be That Way" glitters with Ella's voice as rich, warm and vibrant as ever. She even scats a bit! I like the piano featured in the arrangement; and the percussion bolsters the number.

Other special numbers on this CD include the stunning "I Hear Music;" this jubilant number gets the royal treatment from Ella and Nelson Riddle. Ella sings her heart out--and Nelson's arrangement makes great use of the horns to give the music a big band style flavor to it. Ella and Nelson sure are swinging on "I Hear Music!" "I Won't Dance" features a flourish of the horns at the very beginning; by the time Ella comes in there's so much style and sophistication to this number you realize this is one of Ella's better CDs! Ella's beautiful voice never misses a note; and the jazzy music in the middle of this number glitters like pure gold!

"I Only Have Eyes For You" gives us an opportunity to hear Ella's passionate yet swinging interpretation of this classic ballad.
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