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Ella Fitzgerald: Ken Burns's Jazz

27 Nov 2000 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 6 Nov 2000
  • Release Date: 6 Nov 2000
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:10:20
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  • ASIN: B001KRC6FY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,581 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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Ella Fitzgerald started her musical career in the 3os as an aprentice in big orchestra bands just fronting as the main vocal singer but her career really started after the Swedish jazz producer named Norman Gertz took over as his manager and producer on Verve and later sold his shares to establish his own solo music label Pablo. Ella created a sensation in the studio but many critics believes she made magic on stage, this is evidenced by her all time popular song "mack the knife" live in Berlin.This song is mostly associated with Old Blue Eyes but it was Ella who made it popular, the word from one of the side man on that night in Berlin is that the crew had not planned to sing it and therefore they had not rehearsed at all and Ella just told them & before they could comment she was already announcing to the audience.The only problem is that during the song she forgot the lyrics and she made up the words by actually saying that she does not know the next verse, on she went on to mimick her old time mentor Louis Armstrong, sending the audience into a frenzy and long applause, amazingly the crew was exhausted from a previous concert and were not up to it to create such a sublime version of mack the knife.Another song that realy got mind spinning is "sophisticated lady" the piziccato of the violin is totally unexpected then immediately a tenor saxophone comes like out of nowhere, its a poetry of jazz in motion. "night and day" is very beautiful sang in sublime voice under the so called American song book albums."oh lady be good"live at the opera house album"? send the audience into frenzy with scatts all over a thing Ella was popular for.Read more ›
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Get this CD 10 Jan 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having bought many of the Ella Fitzgerald "songbooks" issued on CD, I was skeptical at first if I really needed yet another Ella CD. My skepticism quickly disappeared after listening to this CD. There is a great sampling of all of Ella's music and especially her unique scat music style which is well represented here. Early recordings combined with live recordings demonstrate her technical skill and artistry as a vocal musician. Some of the earliest recorded music reissued here has some background hiss but only on one or two tracks at the most. Do not let the fact that this is part of the Ken Burns Jazz Series discourage you from getting this CD. After purchasing this CD, I decided one can never have too many Ella CDs.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful 4 July 2001
By Gilly Bean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
18 wonderful songs spanning the years from 1936 to 1963. This album is a wonderful introduction to a wonderful jazz singer. Some of her best work is here, and is guaranteed to make you want to get more Ella. Her scatting and improvisations are second to none. Her Louis Armstrong impression on "Mack the knife" and her Slam Stewart impression on "How high the Moon" are a hoot. What a talented lady. There will never be another Ella. The booklet includes a 2 page essay and a couple of photos. I highly recommend this album, it's a must-have.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Must Have Been A Tough Chore Putting This One Together 10 Aug 2007
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can just imagine Ken Burns sitting down, trying to decide what songs from the vast repertoire of the First Lady of Jazz to include in an 18-track CD. Almost nigh on impossible, although the opening track was certainly a no-brainer. Ella is one among very few artists who could have taken an 1800's nursery rhyme and turn it into a # 1 hit, which she did in 1938 with Chick Webb's orchestra on A-Tisket, A-Tasket.

After that, however, it must have been agony for Burns. What to include - what not to include? Track 2 was also a Chick Webb recording from 1938 with Ella on vocals, and for track 3 he includes one after she took over Webb's band following his untimely death in 1939 and changed the billing to Ella Fitzgerald And Her Famous Orchestra.

I just wish he hadn't skimmed over the 1940s, providing only 1945's Flying Home, done with Vic Schoen's orchestra, long-time collaborator with The Andrews Sisters. Although she's at her scat-singing best on the old 1939 Benny Goodman hit, that part of her career also included Five O'Clock Whistle and When My Sugar Walks Down The Street - both with Her Famous Orchestra, several duets with The Ink Spots [Cow-Cow Boogie, Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall, I'm Beginning To See The Light], and another gem with The Delta Rhythm Boys, It's Only A Paper Room.

But it's hard - no impossible - to be critical of what he does include. ANYTHING this gallant lady recorded was and is priceless entertainment. Here the sound reproduction is fantastic, as are the liner notes by Phil Bailey, the contents discography, and the photographs of Ella with Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington.

For the record the accompanying artists on the other tracks sound like a Who's Who of Jazz: Ellis Larkins, Bill Doggett, Sy Oliver, Buddy Bregman, Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Louis Bellson, Ben Webster, Stuff Smith, Paul Smith, Barney Kessel, Alvin Stoller, Roy Eldridge, J.J. Johnson, Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips, Lester Young, Connie Kay, Paul Weston - to name just a few. All the names are shown for each track.

You can't have an Ella Fitzgerald collection without this one.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I'd give it six stars if I could! 12 Aug 2001
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ms. Fitzgerald is the personification of effervescence. She bubbles and sparkles endlessly and this cd is a great introduction. It spans much of her classic material, starting at the beginning. She is so greatly talented and full of warmth. I just love her. I wish I could have met her. Buy this. (wink!)
Ken Burns Jazz Collections are awful recordings 29 Oct 2013
By Michael A. Cronin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Ken Burns JAZZ collections that I have purchased from Amazon, with three different sellers - Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan were all bad recordings - full of scratches and hiss like the original 78's! The owner of Singing Dog records totally agreed with me,as did DC Buys. Brian at Clean Earth Books was the only seller who disputed my claim, and made me pay shipping to return the Billie Holiday CD by Ken Burns JAZZ.. I received full refunds in all cases. It seems that Verve Music Group that made these compilations that I received, were cashing in on the Ken Burns name. They were not "digitally re-mastered or enhanced," which is very evident by the awful sound reproduction you hear. I have been very happy with all the recording collections I have purchased of Nina Simone, Carmen McCrae, Doris Day, June Christie, The Everly Brothers and Peggy Lee from "Real Gone Jazz." They had all been "digitally re-mastered and enhanced," and print that on the covers. This make a world of difference in sound quality for both the instruments and vocals. So, I advise every one to "steer clear," of the 'Verve Music Group' collections. I cannot vouch for the Columbia/Legacy - who are listed in the cover art jacket as also offering the Ken Burns JAZZ collections, as I have only received the 'Verve Music Group compilations. "BUYER BEWARE!"
M.A.C. in Post Falls, Idaho
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