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Album Review

Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, great mutual admirers, team up for 16 songs from the famous George Gershwin opera. Although this would not be considered either's finest moment on record, it may very well be the most satisfying jazz version of Porgy & Bess. Russ Garcia's arrangements for the large orchestra work very well with the two singers.

Customer Reviews

Re-release of a classic

If you like the musical, this is easily one of the best recordings. A true classic. Note that this version is based on the single CD release version of only 15 songs. It is not the 2 record collection that was originally produced on vinyl.

Where's The Rest of the Album??????

This is a pheonominal recording, but only a partial album???? Where's the rest of the album???? Getting a little tired of only finding partial albums here...

Porgy and Bess with Ella and Louis

I've heard probably twenty different versions of "Summertime", and this one with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong is one of the best. And I mean, even better than Miles Davis' version, almost as good as the actual opera recording. But there's even more here from this great American opera, really enjoyable tracks like "My Man's Gone Now", "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I'm on My Way". These two could really sing.

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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