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Pure Ella

Ella Fitzgerald

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Album Review

This outstanding 20-track anthology gives those who didn't get any of the various Fitzgerald reissues a chance to hear what all the furor was about. This disc combines the classy Ella Sings Gershwin album with eight other standards. There's very sparse support, much of it coming from stately pianist Ellis Larkins, long a favorite of vocalists everywhere for his ability to support without intruding. Otherwise, it's Fitzgerald's sublime voice, interpreting and dissecting sentiments, themes, and moods with the touch of a master. She never oversings, rushes, or fails to get everything from a tune. Besides great diction and technique, she's also simply a marvelous vocalist. There are no straining, unnecessary inflections, grunts or moans, but she also doesn't coast or hold back during her performances.

Customer Reviews

$6 for 18? Good deal!

Every song has its charms. "Mack the Knife" has a famous Ella screw-up--she forgets the words and tries to cover it up--and it's one of the most wonderful things to grace my ears. "How High the Moon" has some amazing scatting. Ella's "Misty" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. Look, here's the point: It's $6 for 18 songs, and they're all wonderful. Get it! You won't be disappointed.

Pure Gold

Ella Fitzgerald is easily one of the America's top contributions to contemporary music. It is often said that you could tune a piano to her voice; with her scat singing in works like "Blue Skies" and "Mr. Paganini," it's clear that she doesn't just have a pure voice and perfect pitch, Ella has an amazing capacity to express herself through her vocals, just like any talented musician with his instrument of choice. My mom introduced me to Miss Ella when I was ten; I remember her clear voice washing over me in a soft, cool sheet of bliss. To this day, Pure Ella is one of the best, well-rounded collections of any artist's music. To anyone who isn't familiar with Ella, or for anyone who wants to ease into the jazz genre and doesn't know where to start, pick up (or download) Pure Ella-- you'll beat yourself for every moment you had the chance to -- and didn't-- experience this lovely virtuoso of music!

Pure Ella

It's difficult to remember just how exciting she was as a performer. Consequently each time you hear a number again it's like a first time all over. An excellent composite of some of her most notable and memorable recordings - excellent audio quality as well. Selections taken from her repertoire. Songs from her earliest performances (How High The Moon) which only promise what is to come can be compared with her later performances when that voice matured into the instrument that will always belong to her alone.


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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