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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure it says and pure it is, 16 Dec 1999
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A classic case of less is more; strong songs beautifully performed by Ella at the peak of her power and at the peak of her considerable taste. And Ellis Larkins's piano accompaniment is impeccable. In most cases Ella takes the songs totally straight and lets the strong melodies and lyrics speak for themselves - and it turns out to be a totally right decision. All these words like taste and impeccable tend to damn with faint praise, but this isn't the case here. If you want a textbook example of pure artistry then this is it. Beautifully reissued sound quality too.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella at her best, 14 Nov 2001
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Like many people, I consider Ella to be one of the all time best jazz vocalists and this CD has some of her all time best recordings. To top it all there are plenty of classic Gershwin tracks. What better jazz combination can there be than Ella and Gershwin? This is a real classic
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, beautiful, 25 Nov 2002
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This is an extraordinary, beautiful album. Recorded with just a piano and Ella's voice, these are pared down versions but this just adds to their power. This is not an upbeat album, but rewards repeated listens with it's emotional intensity and perfect performances. From what I've heard of the songbooks' lavish orchestration this is quite a different type of album and should certainly not be overlooked. Buy this recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ella and Ellis Larkins, 18 Jun 2014
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The Decca recordings of Ella Fitzgerald are often, unfairly, viewed as inferior to her earlier work and her later Verve recordings. This CD amply shows that negative view to be wrong; it contains in full her 1950 album Ella Sings Gershwin and the 1954 Songs in a Mellow Mood, in both cases accompanied by Ellis Larkins on piano.
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