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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 16 December 1999
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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on 15 June 2017
Recommended for fans of Ella. With just voice and piano accompaniment, and not on live/on stage, it really shows the detail and expressiveness of her voice compared to the live high energy scatting that she is perhaps better known for.
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on 19 October 2016
Perfect album of Ella in the early fifties during her transition from band singer to soloist
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on 31 May 2015
GOOD CD,
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on 23 October 2016
v good
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on 14 November 2001
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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on 25 November 2002
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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on 21 February 2015
no
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