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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook (Expanded Edition)

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Having both refocused her career and launched the Verve label with previous, highly successful recordings from the Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart catalogs, the singer’s 1957 Duke Ellington-focused follow-up allowed Ella Fitzgerald to both retrench herself firmly as a jazz singer and cement an association with Ellington that yielded fruitful performances for years to come. It’s also the only anthology in the singer’s sprawling Songbook cycle that allows her to collaborate with the composer she’s honoring, a gambit that inspired Ellington and partner Billie Strayhorn to compose the sprawling “Portrait of Ella” concerto for the sessions, as well as the more playful “E and D Blues.” Ella’s jazz instincts rise admirably to the occasion, whether limbering up her incomparable scat-singing chops on “Rockin’ in Rhythm” and some of the other big band sessions that bookend the set, or galloping through “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and setting a torch to “Mood Indigo” on the middle third’s small ensemble dates, recordings that also feature the distinctive tenor sax of Ben Webster. The collection also scored a 1959 Grammy for Best Individual Jazz Performance.

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Ella Fitzgerald plus Duke Ellington equals a winning combination!


this is definatly my favorite album i have ever purchased on Itunes. by far.


If you buy one song on this album, buy "Mellow Tone". It's incredible. Her voice is like an instrument. It's really amazin


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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