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Album Review

Since the introduction of the compact disc, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong's musical collaborations have been anthologized on more than twenty different albums. Released during the summer of 2007, this Verve Millenium Collection contains only ten tracks but covers a wider-than-average time span by including two numbers that were recorded long before the famous and often reissued Ella & Louis sessions of 1956 and 1957. "The Frim Fram Sauce" comes from a Decca date that took place on January 18, 1946, with accompaniment by an orchestra under the leadership of bassist Bob Haggart. "Dream a Little Dream of Me" was also waxed for Decca, on August 25, 1950, with Sy Oliver leading the band. The rest of these delightful duets were gathered from four different Verve sessions supervised by Norman Granz between August 16, 1956 and August 18, 1957. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong blended beautifully, and this mini-history of their collaborative artistic relationship should encourage closer inspection and further exploration of their combined discographies.

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Great American Music by Great American Musicians

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, for different reasons, are two of the most underated musicians in Jazz, and probably in all of music. While Louis is remembered more for the "shuckin' and jivin'" personality that made him a favorite of White America, in this record you hear his tremendous ability to communicate powerful emotions with his voice and trumpet. Ella, on the other hand, often suffers from the same fate as other "girl" singers. She often makes singing seem so effortless that you miss that her musicianship rivaled that of her instrumental contemporaries. These songs are among the most romantic ever - without an ounce of sentamentality.

Transcends time

These 2 were incredibly blessed with talent! This is a very clear recording and it sounds like they are still right here singing for us. Sadly, they are not, and there's really no one that can compare.


I LOVE ELLA FITZGERALD! this is a great cd!


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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