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Sings The Jerome Kern Songbook [Japanese Import]

Ella Fitzgerald Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000PDZO3A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,279,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ella sings Jerome Kern 2 Sep 2012
By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I was a little disappointed with this CD - and with the LP from which it came. Ella sings as well as ever and Nelson Riddle's arrangements are, as always, skillful and varied. There are only 12 tracks on the CD as on the vinyl original to give a total playing time of 50 minutes - rather frugal by today's standards. But my main objection was with the choice of material. Kern wrote so many great songs and several of these that are included are not amongst his best - `Let's begin', `You couldn't be cuter', `She didn't say yes'. Where were `All through the day', `Can I forget you', `Make believe', `In love in vain' or `Smoke gets in your eyes' for example? These had not been widely recorded by other artists, even in the 1960s. I would normally expect to rate everything that Ella records as 5* but I cannot honestly do that here.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but one of the best of the Songbooks 5 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have all of Ella's Songbooks. I love this one particularly. It's beautifully orchestrated, the lyrics are witty and delivered with Ella's inimitable style, ease and mastery of a tune. I love it. One of the best of the Songbooks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted more 3 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is , of course, wonderful - but why oh why did Ella only record twelve Kern songs? He is up there with the best of them (Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Mercer etc). I will not list any of the omissions - you know what I mean!
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella Fitzgerald/ Jerome Kern review 26 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Only just got into Ella's music. This is great stuff. Great songs, wonderful voice. Listen to song previews if they are there. Price just fine. I'm happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once more, Ella makes me amazed about her vocals 6 May 2007
By C. Rebello - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album has some of the classic Hollywood and Broadway songs, with really great arrangments from Nelson Riddle...and with Ella's amazing vocals, this album can make any jazz newcomer or jazz expert become even more passioned about Ella's interpretations.

Bright, classic, chic and too special for words.

I am amazed ( as everytime I get to know one of her recordings ).

Even if you don't like standards, this album is a "must have" doesn't matter if you are a jazz freak like me or not, this album will turn you into one, no doubt about it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? 9 Mar 2007
By Dean Book - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ella is the best. Perfect pitch, tone, phrasing and armed with great songs every second is a joy. I play saxophone, so I listen to music in a different manner now and Ella is pure music. I have all of the song books, so don't ask me which one is my favorite but this one is high on the list. GET IT.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words and Music and ELLA FITZGERALD 11 Sep 2009
By F. Morris Rosman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ella Fitzgerald recorded this album in 1963 under the keen eye of Jazz Impressario Norman Granz, who produced some of the most wonderful and cherished recordings of the 20th Century. The "Jerome Kern Songbook" is part of that magnificent Songbook series; every song on this recording is a gem and an integral part of the Great American Songbook. No one, and I mean no one, could sing a lyric like Ella.

Nelson Riddle arranged and conducted the studio orchestra for this album, and the orchestra features some of the great musicians of the time, including Paul Smith (Ella's long-time pianist), Frank Flynn and Dick Nash.

And oh! The songs! How about such classics as "A Fine Romance" or "The Way You Look Tonight"? And also "Yesterdays" and, from SHOWBOAT, a terrific rendition of "Can't Help Loving That Man of Mine".

This recording is a must-have in any collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ella Loves Kern 7 July 2011
By W. Soule - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For a gentleman who didn't like jazz treatments of his music he most certainly would have loved this. WOW In the hands of the master (Ella) these gems become perfectly set stones. Put Ella and Riddle together and you have the best of the best. Please get this play if for your kids and let them see what real songs sung by a real singer sounds like. Not a bad song in the kit.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Ella" treasure to own. 8 Dec 2013
By D. LENGYEL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Lady Ella, as always, is at her fantastic best singing like no one can. Have all of her cds and love each one of them. He is the queen of our Great American Songbook. Gotta love the lady, so good!
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