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Ultimate Ella Fitzgerald (Selected By Joe Williams)


Download links and information about Ultimate Ella Fitzgerald (Selected By Joe Williams) by Ella Fitzgerald. This album was released in 1997 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Bop genres. It contains 16 tracks with total duration of 01:03:44 minutes.

Artist: Ella Fitzgerald
Release date: 1997
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Bop
Tracks: 16
Duration: 01:03:44
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No. Title Length
1. A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Live the Crescendo 1961) 1:54
2. Oh, Lady Be Good! 4:01
3. Lullaby of Birdland 2:26
4. Angel Eyes 3:30
5. Imagine My Frustration (featuring Duke Ellington) 4:49
6. Midnight Sun 4:56
7. Mack the Knife (A.K.A. Moritat) 4:47
8. Bess, You Is My Woman Now 5:26
9. How High the Moon 7:09
10. All Too Soon (featuring The Duke Ellington Orchestra) 4:24
11. Blue Skies (featuring Paul Weston And His Orchestra, Paul Weston) 3:45
12. You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini) 4:05
13. There's a Lull In My Life 3:26
14. Robbin's Nest (A.K.A. Just When We're Falling In Love) 2:25
15. Lush Life (featuring Oscar Peterson) 3:39
16. Too Close for Comfort 3:02



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