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4.0 out of 5 stars Dukes place is the place to be., 27 Mar 2011
This review is from: Ella At Duke's Place (Audio CD)
Ella's voice.
What can you say about that voice?
How smooth is that.
I had always known about Ella Fitzgerald, its one of those names that came up from time to time
from a very young age, alongside Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone.
But then I heard a track from Ella's album Like Someone in Love,
and, wow, that WAS like love.
Everything was cool and warm at the same time.
Like syrup. Like a special treat.
This album is made of the same sweet stuff.
This time it has a hypnotic, slow, seductive jazzy and somewhat sleazy draw to it.
Sleazy is the wrong word, but here the jazz here sounds like that.
In Marilyn Monroe films the word was more 'sassy'
Most of the songs are composed by Duke Ellington,
and being a big band composer, he has written Ella into the compositions
as though her voice is an instrument, rising and falling with the others,
her rich mellow voice is low and slowly swinging alongside the muted trumpets and
saxophones as they meander along, lazily but with a destination in mind.
When she sings I Like The Sunrise, its so mellow, so hazy,
its as though she is strolling on home slowly after a very long, very good night out.
The following track Azure builds on this feeling, but with a more upbeat classic cool swing,
but still slowly pacing itself.
After that the album wakes up and takes you and really brightens into wonderful thing.
Its as though from a slow but warm start, the relationship between Ella and Dukes band builds and flourishes in its trust and confidence.
By the end they are rockin', her voice scats freely and rolls along on the beat as every instrument bursts into life.
In fact I read recently that Ella was so delighted with the recording of the album that on completion she invited Duke
and the entire big band back to her mansion to celebrate, as she sings in Duke's Place - "Baby, take me down to Dukes place,
the wildest box in town is Dukes place. Get your kicks in Dukes place"
Dukes place is the place to be.
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