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5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL ALBUM - Ella meets a swinging cool Dek-tette, 10 Jun 2009
This review is from: Ella Swings Lightly (Audio CD)
Ever since I've heard few tracks from this album on various compilations, I have decided to GET IT. ASAP.
Marty Paich's Dek-tette is a magnificent and brilliantly arranged band (I've heard it work brilliantly with Mel Torme), quite compatible with the Ella's deliverance: at first glance light and relaxed, but often showing her virtuoso abilities - not only in faster (or scatting on Roy Eldridge's and Buster Harding's "Little Jazz") numbers.

It is actually quite interesting how this collection of 30s and 40s swing and Tin Pan Alley hits/standards manages to be swinging and modern (i.e. - cool) at the same time. This combination (with Ella giving one of her best performances I've heard so far) works magnificently and, I suppose, it is not only interesting for jazz fans; I feel this is a great album for fans of sophisticated classic American pop and pop/swing (Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr.)... The subtle feel for rhythm and gentle emotions on some tracks might remind you of Johnny Hartman-John Coltrane collaboration, other tracks are reminiscent of Ella-Basie collaborations...

It's recorded in 1958, originally issued (on LP) in 1959. And the CD has some very welcome extra tracks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella in high spirits!, 1 Nov 2007
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This review is from: Ella Swings Lightly (Audio CD)
One or two wistful moments,but in the main these are spirited,carefree renditions of popular and classic songs. Ella`s unique voice and stylish interpretations bring great class to this album,which was recorded in 1958 when her vocal powers were surely at their absolute peak. A great orchestra conducted by Marty Paich included such names as Bud Shank,Lou Levy,Mel Lewis,and others at the top of their game. Twenty tracks-how lucky are we? Once again Ella set the standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different side of Ella, 16 Aug 2010
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John E Hiley (Nannerch, Flintshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Ella Swings Lightly - with Marty Paich Dek-tette (Audio CD)
This CD re-issue is great value, with extra tracks compared with the original vinyl LP, but more importantly it has detailed information about the recording and the musicians; something totally missing from the original version. This album is not without its' critics because it is a departure from the Ella songbook albums of the late 50's, all of which were outstanding productions. However, I loved this album from the moment I bought it as a 16 year-old in 1959 and it still gives me great pleasure to hear Ella's efortless singing backed by the smooth west coast sound of the Marty Paich dek-tette (without the scratches!), including some great soloists. It still amazes me that albums like this with impeccable sound quality were recorded within two or three days compared with the two or three years it takes in this modern era!

Personally I could have lived without the additional tracks, some of which were recorded some yearts later, as the original album was so well-balanced in the selection of material.
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