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  • Vinyl (28 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jazzline
  • ASIN: B00F5DXK9U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Shane Brown on 16 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This CD/DVD package contains 2 and a half hours of video footage along with highlights from the video footage on CD. While any "new" Ella material is to be welcomed, the material here isn't quite the archive discovery that it made out to be.

Four shows are contained on the DVD. The first is Ella Fitzgerald Swings, the rarest of the four shows. The quality of picture and sound here is remarkable from a 1965 television recording, although the digital artifacts and the rather ragged editing between songs is a little bit disappointing. The show lasts about 25 minutes and, to my knowledge, has not been shown on television for many years, but this is really the only rare 25 minutes on the DVD.

The second show is Ella Fitzgerald Sings, which appears to have been recorded on the same day as Ella Fitzgerald Swings. Picture quality isn't so hot, but still of good quality. However, this show is well known to Ella fans, and was shown on TV back in 1996 as a tribute to Ella just after her passing, and has since been shown regularly on BBC4. Considering the work Ella was to do with Duke Ellington over the next couple of years, these two shows are a bit of a let down. Ella sings (and swings) well, but the overall effect is a little bland as a viewing experience, with Ella toning down the huskiness and soulfulness which aided her work with Ellington.

The Ronnie Scotts show from 1974 was also shown in 1996, although I'm not sure whether it has reappeared since. The quality here is better than on its 1996 showing on TV. This set of dates at Ronnie Scotts seems to over-rated. While Ella is entertaining, she is not in good voice and her appearance is rather dishevelled as well. This is a far more jazz-orientated set than either of the 1965 programmes, however.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jazz muse on 13 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Just picked this up this morning and on first viewing/listen, have to say this is an amazing package. There is tons of material on here from the Beeb which is blinding and the ronnie scotts stuff is a window into a bygone era of smokey jazz clubs.

the cd is just a best of the dvd effectively - but its a nice touch - but the dvd is knock-out.

bought this on the back of a 4 star review in Mojo - they werent wrong!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jack R. Cox on 14 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This DVD captures the true depth that comes naturally with Ella Fitzgerald, The footage is astonishing, and the music, as all fans will know is utterly powerful.

the presentation and attention to shot choice, not only for fans, but people who haven't experienced Ella before make this a must see.

im delighted with it.

highly recommended from me!
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