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Had Ella Fitzgerald stopped recording after the completion of her great American songbook cycle for Verve in the ‘50s, her legacy as one of America’s great jazz and pop singers would have still been secure. This material has tested the mettle of every saloon singer who’s come down the pike since, yet Fitzgerald’s readings of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Mercer, Kern, and Rodgers and Hart here remain the benchmark for all who’ve followed. If her Verve songbook anthologies skimmed the cream of those songwriters’ catalogs, this compilation essentially refines it into virtual musical confection. Sinatra may have frequently imbued this material with world-weary nuances, but Ella’s knack for infusing tunes like “Something’s Gotta Give” and  “S’ Wonderful” with her effusive jazz chops remains second to none, while her way with the gentler ballads only suggests how underrated her own ability to get to a song’s emotional core may have been.

Customer Reviews

Ella Fitzgerald: The Best of the Song Books

A great choice especially for those who don't already have an assortment of Ella in their collection. High quality recordings with full orchestrations. Ella at her best!!!

Stop looking for Ella!

If your new to Ella and wish to add her to your collection, STOP LOOKING! This disk is a true 5 star hit! As you will learn, if you haven't already, Ella is simply addicitve with her mello swing and wide range. Coupled with your favorite cocktail you will find this CD medicinal....

Are You Kidding Me?

This is real music from a real artist. The vocals are almost as good as the music itself. Ella Fitzgerald is in a class by herself!


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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