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Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

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The first lady of jazz can make anything swing, and Christmas tunes are no exception. On this 1960 album, Ella's endlessly agile voice wraps itself around a batch of holiday standards, with a Frank De Vol-led big band providing brassy punctuation. When tackling chestnuts like "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," she doesn't try to reinvent the melody, as some less-experienced jazz singer might; instead, she stamps her personality on every tune with subtle turns of phrasing and a masterful knack for toying with the time.

Customer Reviews


it's just not christmas without Ella! I recommend you buy this album.

a must have for your christmas rack

her voice is touch to match these days that's for sure....

worth getting the whole album


Born: April 25, 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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