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Album Review

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."

Customer Reviews

Ella in top form

I discovered this album in CD form years ago and it has been a mainstay of my jazz and standards mixes ever since. I find Ella's phrasing and voice are more mature in this recording than in others, which (for me at least) makes all the better to appreciate her talent. The composer isn't bad either. (Can you go wrong with Cole Porter? I mean, really.) 'After You' is a gem and probably my favorite track on the whole album - don't miss it. I beleive that the orchestration is typical of its time (70's) which I find in places to be great and in others less so. Maybe some other reviewer can comment on this. All in all a very good album, I think.


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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