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Verve Jazz Masters, Vol. 6: Ella Fitzgerald

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Album Review

Intended as an introduction to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, the 1994 compilation Verve Jazz Masters 6 brings together a cross section of the jazz vocal legend's best-known recordings. Included here are such cuts as "Mack the Knife," "I've Got the World on a String," "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "How High the Moon," and many others.

Biography

Born: 25 April 1917 in Newport News, VA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

"The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was arguably the finest female jazz singer of all time (although some may vote for Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holiday). Blessed with a beautiful voice and a wide range, Fitzgerald could outswing anyone, was a brilliant scat singer, and had near-perfect elocution; one could always understand the words she sang. The one fault was that, since she always sounded so happy to be singing, Fitzgerald did not always dig below the surface of the lyrics she interpreted...
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