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Ella Swings Lightly - with Marty Paich Dek-tette [CD]

Ella Fitzgerald Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Essential Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B003RK1O3W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little White Lies
2. You Hit The Spot
3. What’s Your Story, Morning Glory?
4. Just You, Just Me
5. As Long As I Live
6. Teardrops From My Eyes
7. Gotta Be This Or That
8. Moonlight On The Ganges
9. My Kinda Love
10. Blues In The Night
11. If I Were A Bell
12. You’re An Old Smoothie
13. Little Jazz
14. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
15. Knock Me A Kiss
16. 720 In The Books
17. Oh, What A Night For Love (long Version)
18. Little Jazz (alternate Take)
19. Dreams Are Made For Children
20. Oh, What A Night For Love (short Version)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ella in high spirits! 1 Nov 2007
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One or two wistful moments,but in the main these are spirited,carefree renditions of popular and classic songs. Ella`s unique voice and stylish interpretations bring great class to this album,which was recorded in 1958 when her vocal powers were surely at their absolute peak. A great orchestra conducted by Marty Paich included such names as Bud Shank,Lou Levy,Mel Lewis,and others at the top of their game. Twenty tracks-how lucky are we? Once again Ella set the standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different side of Ella 16 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
This CD re-issue is great value, with extra tracks compared with the original vinyl LP, but more importantly it has detailed information about the recording and the musicians; something totally missing from the original version. This album is not without its' critics because it is a departure from the Ella songbook albums of the late 50's, all of which were outstanding productions. However, I loved this album from the moment I bought it as a 16 year-old in 1959 and it still gives me great pleasure to hear Ella's efortless singing backed by the smooth west coast sound of the Marty Paich dek-tette (without the scratches!), including some great soloists. It still amazes me that albums like this with impeccable sound quality were recorded within two or three days compared with the two or three years it takes in this modern era!

Personally I could have lived without the additional tracks, some of which were recorded some yearts later, as the original album was so well-balanced in the selection of material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate in Ella listening satisfaction 10 July 1998
By Nicole Robitaille (nicoler@ids.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are already familiar with the sweet and peerless voice of the late First Lady of Swing, and you don't possess this album, than what are you waiting for? If you have heard of Ella, and do not own a single recording, than this is a great start. This collection is a wonderfully smooth and snazzy bunch of songs recorded in the late 1950s, when Ella still made them weep and laugh at the same time. The first tune is a seductive introduction to the rest. But, it certainly gets better in many different ways. From scat singing to ballads to standards, this cd has it all. Just try to listen to "As Long As I Live," "Blues in the Night," "Oh, What A Night For Love," and tell me if you haven't been converted into a chronic Ella devotee. It is not too late, despite her death a couple of years back, to get into Ella. Heck, I'm only 23, and I'm not ever putting her away. Not ever. Buy this cd!!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella could sell a song without even trying--and that's no small feat !!! 2 July 2007
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ella Fitzgerald could sing you the phone book and when she finished you would have given her a standing ovation while applauding and begging for more. She could sing them all; and every song she performed glittered like gold in her hands. This CD proves how wonderful Ella's artistry really was; and the Marty Paich arrangements complement Ella's vocals perfectly.

The CD track set gives us all the songs from the record album entitled Ella Swings Lightly along with four bonus tracks. The first number, entitled "Little White Lies," features Ella swinging very gently as she sings with all her heart and soul. The arrangement uses the piano, percussion and horns to bolster the number. The romantic flavor of this number belies the somewhat melancholy lyrics. Awesome! "You Hit The Spot" continues with Ella singing at her very best. "You Hit The Spot" has a faster tempo and Ella never misses a beat. Ella's jazzy rendition of "You Hit The Spot" shines; her excellent diction and vocal athletics work very, very well. The horns and percussion work well in Marty Paich's musical arrangement, too.

"What's Your Story, Morning Glory?" starts with some great horns; and when Ella comes in you know you're in for a real treat! Ella's voice is rich, warm and vibrant. She sings of a woman who loves a man who she suspects doesn't truly love her in return. Ella handles a few quick key changes without any trouble; and this impresses me greatly. "Just You, Just Me" picks up the tempo once more to energize this high octane number about two lovers spending time alone. Ella scats, sings and even weaves the two together in a performance that also showcases her ability to romp quickly through the octaves. "Just You, Just Me" will stun you completely.

Other gems on this CD include "As Long As I Live;" the percussion, horns and piano shine while Ella sings sweetly. "Gotta Be This Or That" lets Ella sing this famous number with a sublime jazzy rendition that makes Ella's interpretation THE definite interpretation of "Gotta Be This Or That." Love that jazzy musical interlude with the horns! "Blues In The Night" has Ella attacking a classic jazz ballad about the trouble a man can cause to a woman who loves him. This somewhat cynical ballad gets the royal treatment from Ella. She sings "Blues In The Night" flawlessly with a few quick tempo changes and just a bit of scatting to make this number special. "You're An Old Smoothie" has Ella singing sweetly as she swings rather gently. Ella also does just a few vocal tricks to enhance her performance all the more.

"720 In The Books" swings well and Ella picks up the tempo to inject this number with electricity. Marty Paich's arrangement makes good use of the horns and piano. Indeed, Ella's vocals and Marty Paich's arrangement complement each other very well. "720 In The Books" provided a strong ending for the record album.

The CD format gives us space for bonus tracks--and we get four of them! The long version of "Oh, What A Night For Love" starts with some great horns; and Ella performs this romantic, slower paced ballad really well. Ella jumps throughout the octaves just a bit to enhance the number, too. Stunning! "Dreams Are Made For Children" gives us a tender lullaby type of ballad; Ella handles this with panache and all the sensitivity a lullaby deserves. The gorgeous melody somewhat hides the bittersweet mention of her hope that her child never grows up because their naļveté will be crushed.

The CD's last bonus track is the shorter single version of "Oh, What A Night For Love." Ella's vocals remain squarely in the spotlight throughout the single version of "Oh, What A Night For Love." Great!

The liner notes include the song credits and James Gavin contributes an informative essay about Ella and the making of this album. The photos of Ella are very nicely done.

Ella Fitzgerald remains a titan in the entertainment world--and rightly so, too. On this CD alone, we hear her scat, sing, sway, and perform numerous vocal gymnastics that only the very best of the best could ever accomplish. Ella left behind her a nearly endless musical legacy that will forever remind us of her talent that knew no limits. Ella enriched all our lives with her artistry; and aspiring artists would do well to study her work.

I highly recommend this CD for Ella's fans; and people who enjoy classic pop vocals will love this CD. If you like classic jazz vocals you won't be disappointed either.

Enjoy!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She "hit the spot" with this one 2 Jan 2002
By KSG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Recorded in 1958 and arranged with real style and class by Marty Paich, this is Ella at the peak of her genius, singing and swinging the songs of Tin Pan Alley. The liner notes are very accurate when they state that the style of this recording is "blithe and carefree" Listening to this, you will never fail to be put in a happy mood. The true talent of all the players involved gives the music a classic sound that will always sound fresh. It's the perfect CD to play at a party or to take along for a drive in your car. You Hit The Spot is one my favorite cuts. Beware of the later recordings, Ella Swings Brightly and Ella Swings Gentley as they are the ugly step children of this must have recording.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL ALBUM - Ella meets a swinging cool Dek-tette 10 Jun 2009
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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...

This is recorded in 1958, originally issued in 1959 LP and, yes, this CD has some very welcome bonus tracks.
GET IT !
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Genre 21 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
So you're thinking you want a blusey/jazzy Ella CD. Just plunk down some coins and pick this one up. The first track, "Little White Lies," is as good as it gets... and then the CD gets even better. With 20 tracks, this CD will keep you happy for a full, soulful hour. At the end, you'll be gasping for more.
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