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Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook [Double CD]

Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Aug 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Essential Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B001LOYS8Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest recordings Ella made? 16 May 2007
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Over the years many superb jazz artists have devoted a whole album to the work of Duke Ellington - Louis Armstrong, Dr. John and Chris Barber spring most readily to mind. Those are all good efforts (especially Louis meets Duke, the Great Summit) but there is one that stands head and shoulders above them all, this supreme effort from the First Lady of Jazz herself, the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald.

This album stands out for several reasons. The breadth of styles embraced, from classinc up-tempo swing to slow melancholy blues, big band to small intimate quartet. Who else but Ella could do justice to all of these numbers? The sheer number of tracks included - most artists pick out 10 or 12 favourites, here we are presented with 40 tracks! And the quality never dips, there is no filler to be found here. The quality of the songs (for such a prolific composer Duke seemed to write very few duff numbers), and, above all, the aristry of the personel. Not just Ella, but the contributions of the Duke himself, his arranger and co-composer Billy Strayhorn and the rest of the Ellington band. Not only that but many of the recordings also feature fine performances from another major jazz figure, Oscar Peterson.

Ella was a fine singer, but always seemed to be pushed to new heights when working with someone of equal stature, listen to her collaborations with Louis Armstrong or Count Basie for example. Here though, she seems to have been pushed to new peaks, rising to the challenge of doing this excellent set of songs justice admirably. She takes each of these songs and makes them her own in a way that very few, if any, artists could ever hope to emulate. What must have Duke thought, sitting there in the studio hearing his creations turned into sublime art right in front him?

For my money these have to be the greatest recordings in the Ella Fitzgerald canon. A must have album for any fans of Ella, Duke, or just good jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ella sing the Duke Ellington Song Book 28 Jan 2011
By Foxy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Many will find this classic set better than they imagined and few, if any, will be disappointed.

The enclosed booklet is a real bonus and well worth a good read, which is not always the case.

The music is just a delight with Ella's touch and voice control perfect. She becomes an extention of the brilliant Ellington orchestra.

Some of the songs are sung with a small Ellington based combo rather than the full orchestra and this adds to the overall enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars two momumental artists together 11 April 2013
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I have had the original vinyl LP since it came out but purchased the CD as the record was showing its age! The small group sides are the very best with stunning solos from Johnny Hodges and Ella at her best, The full Orchestra is excellent and Ella thrives in this context.
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