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Some of the Great American Song Book
on 1 January 2013
I love Ella Fitzgerald but I was not impressed with this effort by "Not Now" Music. The quality control manager of this particular project should seriously look at their approach & just what constitutes & will influence customers & what should/would promote product loyalty.
I have a substantial number of "Now Not/One Day" & generally think they are reasonably priced & good quality. They often fall down on the track information side of things & usually provide just generic details. Though is this case there is a neat 16 page booklet.
I purchased this 5 CD set thinking I would be getting the first 5 chapters of Ella & Verve's massive project "The Great American Songbook", Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Berlin, Ellington & Gershwin. Not the case, what you get is the cut down edition, the first 2/3rds or whatever fits onto one CD satisfactorily & then they just leave the rest off.
Even this would seem to have purpose, if the tracks would appear to have been selected, but that does not seem to be the case either. Take the Gershwin album as an example the first 13 or 14 minutes is instrumental Gershwin music, with no Ella Fitzgerald at all, a strange situation, when a number of Ella tracks were taken off.
The music is great, the product in itself is fine, the editing & information needs a lot of serious refining. "Not Now" you can do a lot better.
If you are a lover of great Jazz vocal &/or Ella you need to have this collection, but wait for the ultimate set, not this, leave this one on the shelf.