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Jerome Kern Songbook
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|7. I'm Old Fashioned|
|8. Remind Me|
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Top Customer Reviews
In fairness, had this been the only Songbook that Ella ever recorded, it would still be a fine achievement by any standards. And there are many pleasures here. There is the characteristically subtle and un-obvious ordering of material - for instance, the album begins, aptly, with the relatively little-known but utterly charming 'Let's Begin' rather than the crowd-pleasing 'A Fine Romance' (which comes next) and ends on an unexpectedly low-key note with a desolate rendering of 'Why Was I Born?' There are some moments of pure loveliness unsurpassed in any of Ella's or Riddle's other recordings: just listen to the way they build and round out that exquisite rising phrase in 'I'm Old Fashioned' - " But sighing sighs, holding hands/ These my heart understands ..."
However, there is something slightly lackluster about the proceedings, and certain elements just don't work. For example, Riddle very seldom misjudged pace with any of his collaborators, but the tempo of 'The Way You Look Tonight' - which should have been one of the jewels in Ella's songbook crown - is slow to the point of being funereal.Read more ›
Here the accent is on one composer with several different lyricists - Mercer, Hammerstein, Harbach and Fields. I've never been a great fan of Hammerstein (much preferred Rodgers with Hart rather than the legendary "O"), however the lyrics Oscar provided for the songs chosen for this recording were certainly not "as corny as Kansas in August". Ella's version of "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" is pure and simple. She wisely avoided the usual reading of "when he goes away-AY, that's a rainy day-AH" and sings it in her own understated, but elegant, manner.
I've read some many articles about Ella's lack of emotion and feeling, it almost sickens me. I think that many people confuse emotion and feeling with hysterical histrionics. Not so! She gets just the right old fashioned feeling in "I'm Old Fashioned". "Remind Me" is just the right vehicle to showcase Ella's ability to hold her tongue firmly in cheek and kiss the guy off and beckon him back.
Listen to Ella's humorous treatments of "I'll Be Hard to Handle", "Let's Begin" and, most notably, "She Didn't Say Yes". The humor is not "Ha, Ha, Ha! " It's all so subtle, it's pure magic. She was not only a composer's dream, she was a lyricist's dream as well!
Nelson Riddle continued to provide the "best of the best" arrangements. He certainly knew when to stay in the background and when to come out swinging. This is just one totally enjoyable recording.
Most recent customer reviews
Ella is always fabulous and there are a nice selection of Jerome Kern songs, but I have to say that this is not my favorite album by the incomparable Ms. Fitzgerald. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2002 by A. Slade
Ella's songbook recordings are uniformly wonderful, and provide the definitive versions of standard songs. This collection is no exception. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2000
If you thought Ella, Nelson and Gershwin were an unbeatable trio, think again!
Here the accent is on one composer with several different lyricists - Mercer, Hammerstein,... Read more
Ella is heavenly, naughty and nice. Hope the keepers of music will pull together another Jerome Kern albumPublished on Jan. 10 2000