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Our Love Is Here To Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin

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When Ella and Louis recorded a series of albums together for Verve in 1956 and 1957, George Gershwin's songs were a constant theme, including a double LP of Porgy and Bess that delighted Ira Gershwin. This 1998 compilation pulls together material from those recordings to celebrate a union of jazz's greatest singers with a songwriter who had been an essential resource for jazz since the 1920s. The chemistry is consistently inspired, with Armstrong's gravelly voice, perfect rhythmic sense, and still-eloquent trumpet providing a fine complement to Fitzgerald's consummately smooth delivery and extraordinary range. Also included are Ella and Louis's own takes on Gershwin from contemporary sessions, including Fitzgerald's Jazz at the Philharmonic version of "Oh, Lady, Be Good!" (from At the Opera House) that includes Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Stan Getz among the tenor saxophonists. Collectors will want the CD reissues of the original albums to get a complete picture of the Fitzgerald and Armstrong partnership, or Fitzgerald's own extended encounter with Gershwin in the Songbook series; nevertheless, this is a delightful introduction to an inspired collaboration. --Stuart Broomer
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 27, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000047GL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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for any of us who think we are born to late for good music..take heart!! this cd is a must for anyone who likes music..ella is at her best and louis is the perfect partner...the new, remastered songs sound like they are singing a private concert just for you!! Their rendition of "I got plenty of nothin" is a treat for any Gershwin fan. I can not recommend this cd highly enough. I was turned on to this cd while spending a semester in Koeln Germany. (If anyone is planing a trip..i highly recomend Gonski Music at Neumarkt...the best selection of jazz cd's and they let you listen to cd's before you buy them..even if you don't buy them!! A great way to spend a rainy afternoon!)
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I can't help but wonder what would have happened if Ella and Louis were born in the `70s or `80s. Does anybody think that either of them would have stood a snowball's chance in Hell of being recognized for their immense talents? We live in a television age, a video-friendly age, an age that puts physical appearance before talent; that puts followers ahead of leaders. With her comparably plain looks, would anybody glance twice at Ella, or listen enough to realize her gift? Would Louis' ebullience be enough to propel him into the limelight, or would he be forced to succumb to producers and commercial sponsors? It's a sorry comment on today's music marketplace to consider that two of the most talented musicians of this century might not have even got their due if they were born too late, but we must be grateful that they came along when they did. We also must be willing to go back and listen as often as we can, so that we don't lose track of musicianship as grand and wonderful as theirs was.

Ella and Louis Sing Gershwin is a collection that is cobbled together from various other releases, including Porgy and Bess, Louis Armstrong meets Oscar Peterson, and of course, the duo's two sublime, rapturous duet albums and Ella's Gershwin songbook. Each of these albums is a work of art in and of itself, so any compilation of their fruits simply cannot be anything but brilliant. I will admit that I bought this because I believed it to contain unique material, so I was initially disappointed to discover that it recycled material from familiar sources, but when the music is this good, how can I complain? "They Can't Take That Away From Me" is the definitive version of the tune, as is "Love Is Here to Stay," and "S'Wonderful.
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I was quite delighted to find this album because I am a big fan of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong's work together (Great interpretation of Porgy and Bess songs, and both Ella and Louis albums). I especially love when the two sing Gershwin songs, and this album is a great representative of all the classic Gershwin songs they do together. It holds a great mix of both orchestral jazz and combo jazz (with Oscar Peterson on piano). I love pretty much every song on this collection, but I think their performance of "Summertime" is scintillating. Other standouts include the cheerful "They All Laughed" and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off", the dreamy "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "He Loves and She Loves", and the irresistibly catchy "Woman Is a Sometime Thing". All fans of Ella and Louis should check this out; you won't be disappointed. Plus it gives you a taste of other classic albums from the two legendary jazz singers who were made to work with each other.
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Ella and Louis are undoubtfully one of the greatest duets of the popular music. Many others tried to emulate them, but we'll have to wait a very long time until another couple of great singers develop the perfect chemistry showed in this records.
This album it's a collection of 16 Gershwin's songs. The best tracks are with Ella and Louis singing together with small groups or big bands, but you can find great moments of each one singing alone (as Ella in "Oh Lady Be Good"). The collection also brings some samples of the opera "Porgy and Bess". You can face this album as a test: if you like it (and it's virtually impossible dislike the music of a great composer sang by the greatest musicians), you are ready to know the other masterpieces recorded by Ella & Louis, like "Ella & Louis", "Ella & Louis Again" and "Porgy and Bess".
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I haven't had much exposure to jazz music, and I didn't actually discover this CD until I was sifting through the music collection while I was helping my friends house-sit. I put it in the CD player and many of us were instantly hooked. Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald are magnificent. There couldn't be a better jazz combination. This CD just makes me want more.
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"Both singers had previously proved that a three-minute pop tune could be just as eloquently moving as a full-blown opera....As the rousing trills on this disc prove, the pair's got plenty o' plenty." ~ Jim Macnie ~

It's always been a delightful musical journey listening to the First Lady of Song most especially her collaborations with Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and of course, Louis Armstrong. This compilation album, "Our Love Is Here To Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin," finds two legendary singers not outsmarting one another on duet settings, but complementing each other flawlessly even if they cannot come to terms in "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off." At least they are in perfect harmony singing "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "A Foggy Day," "Summertime" and the title track, "Our Love Is Here To Stay." I absolutely agree with singer Carol Sloane when she said, "the joyous gravel coming out of Pop's mouth was a lovely contrast to Ella's silky and delicate voice."

The material has been compiled from various original LP issues produced by Norman Granz under Verve Records that were recorded from 1957 through 1959 - these are "Porgy and Bess," "Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book," "Ella and Louis," "Ella and Louis Again," "Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson" and "At The Opera House."

All the musicians represented in this impressive collection were the crème de la crème of "Who's Who In Jazz," the likes of pianist Oscar Peterson; alto saxophonist Sonny Stitt; tenor saxophonists Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips, Lester Young; drummers Louis Bellson, Buddy Rich, Jo Jones; trumpeter Roy Eldridge; trombonist J.J. Johnson; guitarist Herb Ellis; and bassist Ray Brown.
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