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Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.