Ella Fitzgerald Ballads (2003)

Ella Fitzgerald - Ballads (2003)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at Nov. 25, 2014
Ella Fitzgerald - Ballads (2003)

Ella Fitzgerald - Ballads (2003)
Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Booklet | 71 min | 167 MB
Label: Saga Sarl | Rel: 2003

Until I heard Ella perform them, I didn’t realize how good our songs were,” said Ira, George Gershwin’s brother and cowriter. They didn’t give Ella Fitzgerald the title “First Lady of Song” just because her devastating sense of swing could set the house on fire. She was just as formidable when performing ballads, and possessed skills capable of transmitting the slightest emotion.
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Verve Jazz Masters 24 (1994)

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Verve Jazz Masters 24 (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 203 MB | Covers included
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (521 851-2)

Nat Hentoff prefaced his 1956 down beat review of Verve's first Ella Fitzgerald-Louis Armstrong collaboration with a prediction: "Ella and Louis is one of the very, very few albums to have been issued in this era of the LP flood that is sure to endure for decades." Today, those sublime performances, along with two subsequent Norman Granz-produced Fitzgerald-Armstrong albums, are regarded as milestones of American music. A dozen gems from these works are presented here.

Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie - A Classy Pair (1979) (Repost)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Jan. 26, 2018
Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie - A Classy Pair (1979) (Repost)

Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie - A Classy Pair (1979)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 220 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 98 MB | Covers (3 MB) included
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Pablo Records (00025218013222)

This studio album matches together Ella Fitzgerald and the Count Basie Orchestra 16 years after they first recorded together. Basie's sidemen are unfortunately restricted in the Benny Carter arrangements to backup work but Basie has a few piano solos and Fitzgerald is in good voice and in typically swinging form. Highlights include "Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'," "Teach Me Tonight" and "Honeysuckle Rose."
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Swings Gently With Nelson (1962) [Reissue 1993] (Repost)

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Swings Gently With Nelson (1962) [Reissue 1993]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 320 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 113 MB | Covers - 51 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (314 519 348-2)

In 1961 Ella Fitzgerald recorded two albums with Nelson Riddle's Orchestra. Her voice was in peak form and, even if the backup band was somewhat anonymous, Fitzgerald uplifted the 15 songs on this set; "All of Me" was from a different obscure sampler and "Call Me Darling" was previously unissued. Although the accent is on ballads, several of the songs are taken at medium tempos and she swings throughout. Highlights include "Georgia on My Mind," "The Very Thought of You," "It's a Pity to Say Goodnight," "Darn That Dream," "Body and Soul" and a cooking "All of Me."
Ella Fitzgerald - Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) [APO Remaster 2014] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Ella Fitzgerald - Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) [Analogue Productions '2014]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:41 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,25 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 858 MB

Considered one of Ella's greatest recordings, she's backed on this 1960 release by pianist Paul Smith. Let No Man Write My Epitaph was a 1960 Hollywood movie featuring Fitzgerald. The album hits at a depth of emotional understanding that critics often complained was missing in Ella's reading of jazz lyrics, and once again establishes her as one of the supreme interpreters of the Great American Songbook.
Ella Fitzgerald - The Concert Years [4CD Box Set] (1994) (Repost)

Ella Fitzgerald - The Concert Years [4CD Box Set] (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 1,74 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 723 MB | Covers - 40 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Pablo Records (4PACD-4414-2)

On this four-CD set are some of Ella Fitzgerald's finest live performances during the years she was managed by Norman Granz. All of the material (which is taken from ten different performances in 1953, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979 and 1983) was previously released on various Pablo albums. Since this is a best-of collection and was lovingly put together by the knowledgeable producer Eric Miller, the music is consistently rewarding and emphasizes the interpretive skills, scatting and jazz phrasing of the First Lady of Song. Although mostly backed by her trio/quartets of the period, Ella does get to jam "Perdido" with the 1953 JATP All-Stars, is backed by the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras on some songs and revisits "Flying Home" with an all-star group in 1983…
Ella Fitzgerald & Cole Porter - Dream Dancing (1978) [Reissue 2002]

Ella Fitzgerald & Cole Porter - Dream Dancing (1978) [Reissue 2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 312 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 119 MB | Covers (4 MB) included
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Pablo Records (00025218707220)

Originally released on Atlantic as Ella Loves Cole and then reissued on Pablo with two extra cuts from 1978, this set features the great Ella Fitzgerald (still in excellent form) backed by an orchestra arranged by Nelson Riddle performing an extensive set of Cole Porter songs. Fifteen years earlier Fitzgerald had had great success with her Cole Porter Songbook and this date, even with a few hokey arrangements, almost reaches the same level. Trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and pianist Tommy Flanagan are among the supporting cast. Highlights include "I Get a Kick out of You," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "All of You," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and "Just One of Those Things."
Ella Fitzgerald - The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books (1956-1964) [16CD Box Set] (1993) (Repost)

Ella Fitzgerald - The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books (1956-1964) [16CD Box Set] (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 4,68 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 2,19 GB | Covers - 379 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: PolyGram Records/Verve Records (314-519-832-2)

This admittedly pricey - but by all means mandatory - Grammy Award-winning box set is the final word on the "songbooks" recorded by Ella Fitzgerald between 1956 and 1964. The audio contents have been completely remastered and each title has been expanded - wherever possible - to include previously unissued material. In terms of packaging, the producers went to extreme lengths to create exact reproductions of all the vintage LP jacket artwork. Even going so far as to precisely miniaturize the entire hardbound text The Gershwins: Words Upon Music that accompanied their 1959 collection as well as the booklet that came with the Ellington anthology…
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (1960) [Reissue 2002]

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (1960) [Reissue 2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 349 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 138 MB | Covers (14 MB) included
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Christmas | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (440 065 086-2)

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas is a charming, warmly humorous - and yes, swinging - set of classic Christmas tunes. The program is familiar, from bouncy singalongs like "Jingle Bells" to slinky ballads like a downright sexy "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," but Fitzgerald treats each song with exactly as much respect as it deserves. And so Frank Loesser's "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" is wistfully romantic and Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne's "Let It Snow" is kittenishly enticing. As always, Norman Granz's production avoids the schlock that drowns some holiday sets. This is as good as jazz Christmas albums get.

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella In Hamburg (1965) [Reissue 2007]  Music

Posted by gribovar at Dec. 12, 2017
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella In Hamburg (1965) [Reissue 2007]

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella In Hamburg (1965) [Reissue 2007]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 325 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 115 MB | Covers - 27 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (06025 1736824)

Ella Fitzgerald and the Tommy Flanagan Trio (the pianist is joined by bassist Keter Betts and drummer Gus Johnson) are in top form during this engaging 1965 concert in Hamburg, Germany. She's at her best singing classic material such as the uptempo "That Old Black Magic" and a strutting take of "And the Angels Sing" (not a song typically associated with Fitzgerald). She is also very effective on ballads such as "Body and Soul," "Here's That Rainy Day," and "Angel Eyes." Even though liner note writer implies that the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" is a great jazz vehicle, it is actually a resounding dud here, as was often the case when the singer ventured into covering rock hits of the '60s and '70s…