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Album Review

In order to recycle its holdings yet again, Verve hit upon a fascinating gimmick: get celebrity guest "DJs" to select the tracks and provide the liner notes. So here, Joe Williams is the man on the spot, and he comes up with 16 of his favorite Ella tunes, a good connoisseur's mix of orchestrated ballads, pure jazz workouts, sessions with big bands, duets, and intimate pairings with pianists. Most of them are on their umpteenth trip onto CD — obvious basic library stuff like the live "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "Mr. Paganini," "How High the Moon," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" with Satchmo, and the famous Berlin "Mack the Knife" — but a few are comparatively unusual, like "Robbins' Nest" with a trio at Carnegie Hall from 1949. There is also an apparent goof; the guys in the mastering lab used a Williams solo version of "Too Close for Comfort" instead of a promised duet with Ella. Williams' "notes" — actually a transcribed interview — emphasize the sheer fun that Ella had onstage, her innate sense of rhythm and storytelling ability, and even includes a bit of humor (when citing "Lush Life" as a textbook recording of the tune, he says he's heard singers say "distant gay places" instead of "distingue places"). Ultimately — pardon the pun — it's about as good as one can expect a mere single-disc sampling of Verve's vast Ella holdings to be. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Thanks For Fixin' The Goof

This cd did contain Joe Willams' solo version of "Too Close For Comfort" but the itunes staff corrected that mistake by supplying the duet version. This cd is well mastered overall and a standout track for me is "There's A Lull In My Life." This song can be found on "Like Someone In Love" but the mastering here is so much better, the strings are glorious but not overstated. Overall though, this cd is an okay completer set.

Too Close for Comfort

What a disappointment! I was looking for a copy of Ella Fitzgerald singing "Too Close for Comfort" and the search engine pulled up this version which listed Ella as the solo artist. What I got was nothing like what I expected. Now I have to pay for another download from another album. All I can say is that in the future I will take the extra time to look up each album separately and hope that some prior customer has posted a warning of such errors in billing.


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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