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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook

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No songwriter could ask for a better conduit than Ella Fitzgerald, who made a major career shift from bebop queen to Great American Songbook interpreter par excellence with this 1956 release. Fitzgerald's voice is way out in front of a studio orchestra. She mostly lets Porter's witty and sophisticated lyrics speak for themselves, yet adds more than enough vocal surprises to keep things interesting. Upon hearing the first of Ella's eight songbooks, Porter reportedly said, "My, what marvelous diction that girl has!"

Customer Reviews

Nobody Does It Better Than Ella

This CD is absolutely phenomenal! It has lots of songs on it, all of which are very good, but several of which stick out at you right when you hear them, including the famous "Night and Day" and "I Get a Kick Out of You." I have yet to hear a recording of either of those two songs done better than what you will hear if you download them from this album, which I highly advise you to.

The First In A Series

This two disc set is part of a songbook series Norman Grantz launched to pay homage to the great American songwriters and the standards they produced. The absolute essential Cole Porter songbook is collected here and the series would include, among other great composers, Rogers and Hart, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, and the masterwork the Gerswin songbook. The songbooks were totally remixed and remastered in 1993 and collected in a 16 cd set. Verve then took apart that set and re-issued each songbook featuring 24 bit remastering, this is one of those re-issues. The seperated Gershwin songbook would feature another cd filled with mono takes and other studio outtakes and increased that set to four discs. This set, the first, was a bit hurried in it's original recording sessions and Ella sounded a bit "tired," her voice comes off a bit scratchy. The moments of startling beauty abound, the lush string arrangement and Ella's flawless vocal of "Do I Love You" and the stripped down to a trio version of "Let's Do It." Norman let his chosen arranger for this and all songbook sessions, there were many, to put their individual stamp on their songbook assignment and no matter the arrangement Ella was the perfect foreground instrument.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book

I originally downloaded this album because I was looking for appropriate music for my wedding video. Cole Porter wrote some beautiful and romantic standards that I knew would be perfect. I can't say enough about how wonderful this album is. Ella Fitzgerald had one of the most extraordinary voices ever recorded. Her interpretations are truly amazing and heartfelt. The musical arrangements are also extremely well done and you get a few different versions of some of the songs. My farvorites are the simple, pared-down versions where it is just Ella, and a trio of piano, bass, and drums. I really can't say enough about how wonderful this album is...You will not be disappointed!

Biography

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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