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Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

Ella Fitzgerald Audio CD
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Digitally remastered and expanded edition containing the complete classic album Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson, which was the first of Ella Fitzgerald's various collaborations with the great conductor and arranger Nelson Riddle. All of the music recorded during these 1961 sessions has been included here (adding seven tracks to the twelve on the original LP), as well as two rare tunes from their initial 1959 collaboration (the Gershwin Songbook) which weren't issued on that album. Thanks to Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson, Fitzgerald won a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance. Includes 12-page booklet

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ella and the Swingin' Riddle! March 20 2000
By M.B.
Format:Audio CD
A masterful performance of the vocal art, superbly arranged by genius arranger Nelson Riddle and brilliantly played by his mostly unidentified orchestra (later Verve releases rectify this omission this problem by giving full band member listings). Many players can be guessed at as Riddle preferred to draw from a solid "stable" of first-rate musicians also heard to good effect on other Ella collaborations as well as recordings with Sinatra, Cole, Garland and many others.
All the songs here are well-chosen standards and like it's sibling album, "Ella Swings Gently with Nelson", are familiar enough to be fun to listen to without being common enough to be overused.
All are interpreted in an upbeat fashion; even "When Your Lover Has Gone" - usually a "downer" in the standards repertoire - is re-invented as a brisk, even joyous, swinger (along the lines of an earlier Riddle arrangement for the delightful Keely Smith).
Ella is consistently fantastic (as always) and her sense of swing is impeccable. Riddle has constructed some top-notch arrangements and is well-served by his orchestra.
Ella's solo vocal performance earned the album a Grammy in 1962. Why Riddle did not receive an Grammy for his arrangements over this period is a crime and a mystery (he finally received due recognition in the early 1980's after fashioning Linda Ronstadt's standards album "What's New?").
This album is a gem of tasteful craftsmanship and smacks of quality from a time when popular music was being mauled by the aural horrors and infantile lyrics of rock n' roll.
A classic album: a must-buy for all fans of Ella, Riddle and of good music in general
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swings, baby! Feb. 1 2001
By Connie
Format:Audio CD
From beginning to end, this CD is a swinging masterpiece. The band is terrific; you'll be snapping your fingers, sayin' "yeah, boy!" before you know it.
The tracks are a great mixture of standards that everybody knows along with some others that are not as frequently recorded. My particular favorites are "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" by Duke Ellington and "The Gentleman is a Dope". Ella's got just the right 'tude. And her voice sounds mostly wonderful, too.
The recording quality is excellent especially when compared to some other recordings from this era (1962). I would *highly* recommend this cd for anyone trying to select their first Ella CD. It's SO much fun, and not at all "difficult" the way some of her more straight-ahead work might seem.
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When I fist bought this cd back in 1993 I already had many of Ella's Verve releases, including all the songbooks. But the very inspired arrangements of Nelson Riddle and the great ballance that Ella found when she recorded these standards, made this very one my all time favorite. She sings whith a perfect balance between the original melody of songs and a little improvise... it keeps you fascinated all the time. On the other hand Nelson seemed to recycle some of his best ideas of his previous arrangements ( notably his Sinatra's parts) what makes the listening even more pleasant. Read other reviews and do not consider that one made by a certain 11 y.o. kid. If you like swing records, you will love it... Paulo Brazil ( Ps.: forgive me for my awfull english writing).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull...Not Ella's Best! May 28 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I first bought this CD back in November, I showed it to my dad. He said he thought that it didn't look very good. He was right. Of the 15 tracks on this album, the only two good ones are "When Your Lover Has Gone" and "Love me or Leave Me." The rest of the numbers are flat, and are not very up-tempoed. Also, the CD has very poor packaging, and looks like they were in a hurry to sell them in record stores. So, Ella fans all over the world-that's you!!!-beware of this CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous swing with soaring vocals Jan. 7 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is my first Ella CD and I'm just blown away by it. This is such a fun, classy, swinging set that I've played it about 12 times in two days. The band came to play and Ella is just fabulous. Her range, tone and pitch are phenomenal, but the real treat is the joy with which she sings. She makes the heartbreaker, When Your Lover Has Gone, sound like a party. These are swing tunes baby! What a punchy, snappy set.
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