An extraordinary compilation with a lot of jazz and swing, two geniuses playing Christmas songs and more.
An extraordinary compilation with a lot of jazz and swing, two geniuses playing Christmas songs.
It is generally acknowledged that Ella's really great years were the mid 50s, the period covered by this box set when she was recording with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Ellis Larkins, performing the works of Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart and Duke Ellington. 83 tracks over 4CDs.
Cole Porter was one of a handful of American musical colossi. He had the genius to conjure up improbable rhyming lyrics to catchy melodies delivering not only a single song but as often or not a whole conundrum of numbers collected within the sphere of a show. This collection of 40 songs exemplifies the talent of Cole Porter and is a testament (tribute) to his longevity in musical history. Wit, humour, sophistication, rhythmic and key changes are small change to his ability.Who else could win a challenge to produce 'Miss Otis Regrets' after questioned whether he could write lyrics from the next words he heard? The cast of star celebrities in this collection say it all. Sinatra, Bennett,Crosby, Ella, Billie,Nat,Marlene, Judy to name a few. Also, the bigger bands of not so long ago, Nat Gonella, Jack Hylton, Geraldo. These need preservation orders and what better than endorse the master composer Mr Cole Porter? Add this to your collection.
Ella herself acknowldged the Cole Porter Songbook album (ALN1932) was a 'turning point in my life. Doing those songbooks got me into spots I'd never beena ble to play before. ' Porter commented 'My, what marvellous diction that girl has.' Ira Gershwin was even more appreciative remarking ' I never knew how good our songs were until I heard ELla Fitzgerald sing them' whilst Richard Rodgers said ' Whatever she does to my songs, she always makes them sound better'," James Murray.
Dubbed "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums.
Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella).
This album is a great demonstration of this, the swing in the fullest sense demonstration.