Ever since I've heard few tracks from this album on various compilations, I have decided to GET IT. ASAP.
Marty Paich's Dek-tette is a magnificent and brilliantly arranged band (I've heard it work brilliantly with Mel Torme), quite compatible with the Ella's deliverance: at first glance light and relaxed, but often showing her virtuoso abilities - not only in faster (or scatting on Roy Eldridge's and Buster Harding's "Little Jazz") numbers.
It is actually quite interesting how this collection of 30s and 40s swing and Tin Pan Alley hits/standards manages to be swinging and modern (i.e. - cool) at the same time. This combination (with Ella giving one of her best performances I've heard so far) works magnificently and, I suppose, it is not only interesting for jazz fans; I feel this is a great album for fans of sophisticated classic American pop and pop/swing (Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr.)... The subtle feel for rhythm and gentle emotions on some tracks might remind you of Johnny Hartman-John Coltrane collaboration, other tracks are reminiscent of Ella-Basie collaborations...
It's recorded in 1958, originally issued (on LP) in 1959. And the CD has some very welcome extra tracks.
GET IT !