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Ella's finest hour?,
This review is from: Clap Hands /Vrv (Audio CD)
"Clap Hands" is a very special album in the Ella Fitzgerald discography. Recorded in the early 60s when her vocal skills were at their peak, it dispenses with the lush (and sometimes none-too-swinging) big band arrangements of her Songbook recordings and instead places the First Lady of Song in a jazz trio setting, led by the wonderful pianist Lou Levy. This album demonstrates, perhaps more clearly than any other, Ella's extraordinary ability to swing like crazy while still keeping a song completely coherent. The song choices are provocative, a mixture of standards and "jazz" songs which sum up Ella's skills nicely. She swings incomparably on "Night In Tunisia", but the album also showcases her wonderful ballad singing on "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", "Good Morning Heartache", and others. It's a terrific set!