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5.0 out of 5 stars ELLA is great, 12 April 2011
This review is from: Lullabies Of Birdland (Audio CD)
Being a huge Ella fan, but one of those who started with her '50s and '60s output, I too have tried digging in her roots...
To my surprise, at her beginnings (with Chick Webb's orchestra in the 30s) I've found a girlish and hardly sophisticated swing singer, not really hinting at later greatness (Chick Webb allegedly helped her a great deal in her beginnings; he must have had a great ear for tallent)...
On this album, however, we find already mature Ella (although not QUITE the peak performances of her career) - the tracks range from mid 40s to mid 50s showing that she has by now incorporated ellements of be-bop in her style.
She scats profusely and convincingly, doing some other routines I've first heard in later variants (and, sometimes, repetitions), but there's quite enough "pop" material here to suit Ella's wider-than-jazz fan base - including some sweet arrangements, Bill Dogget's organ, Ray Charles Quintet, The Andy Love Quintet and other buck-up musicians and singers.

It goes to show you can have your cake and eat it too, at least sometimees. This is a great jazz album with wider appeal, fool of youthful charm but modern as well, alternately laid back ("Ella Hums The Blues") and intense...
I recommend it highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ella Fitzgerald at her best, 2 Jan 2010
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I have been looking for this record for a long time. Ella Fitzgerald at her best
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