When he sang and played the tune he would often get three or four encores, and people who had already seen the show several times would pay full price to come in and see that one song!
Norman Grantz of Verve put together these combination recordings on the fly, whoever was in town, no rehearsals, no real arrangement worth much, a set list drawn together on a piece of paper, the artists hustling to make time between gigs, not usually having their regular accompaniests.
Yet, all the Louis Armstrong collaborations are wonderful. None are as brilliant as Louis and Ella for sheer wit and vocal power, for inventions. They are great in regard to rhythm, perhaps that is why Lester Young called Ella Lady time. Listen to them alternating verses, and also listen to the way that Louis's trumpet playing comments on both their vocals. While this sampler is good, I recommend their album doing songs from Porgy and Bess to anyone who has ears, whether you can hear or not.
If you can't hear, you want the CD on hand for the day they find a cure. You deserve something this good to be the first thing you Shine - Ella Fitzgerald - The Very Best Of Ella Fitzgerald (CD) Steven Peterson Top Contributor: Baseball. What a musical odd couple! Ella Fitzgerald--and her smooth, elegant voice--and Louis Armstrong and his anything but elegant voice!
But this CD works pretty well indeed. Two of the greatest performers of the 20th century play with a set of great songs--and pull it off well. Let's take a look at some of the cuts on this CD. Potato versus potawto. What a strange combination of voices. But the two talented artists work well together. Her lustrous voice and his "used up" voice. She wails "The way you sing off key. An odd duet, but it works.
Armstrong's instrumental work sets this up nicely. Fitzgerald's singing is rich and luminous. Armstrong's isn't. Again, though, the odd vocal juxtaposition works--against all odds. What a great song. Fitzgerald starts this off well, with some nice scat singing. Fitzgerald's and Armstrong's voices intertwine well in an oddly affecting way.
In the end, this is a very nice CD. This CD was wonderful! I previously purchased the first in this series of two, and wish more could be available. Ella Fitzgerald, in my opinion, is the greatest female singer of all times! Additionally, I had the pleasure of meeting Louie Armstrong in person after a concert in the late 's.
He was very gracious and shook my hand. I told him I really enjoyed his concert, and he replied, "Thank ya, little lady, Thank ya! I've never forgotten that. The album combines old favorites, along with others that I wasn't familiar with. All in all it's a grand experience to hear these two great masters together! Thank you!!! One person found this helpful. Excellent quality recording.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. What can be said about Ella Fitzgerald that has not already been said by the countless thousands of her fans? Every song Shine - Ella Fitzgerald - The Very Best Of Ella Fitzgerald (CD) beautiful and every song is beautifully sung by the peerless Ms. Very entertaining! I can listen so many times and I take the CD through the house with me! Many songs in the CD.
The only thing better than singing is more singing. Despite their high pedigree, however, the songbooks are difficult to approach. Few of them shine much brighter than the others, and for a long period of the Shine - Ella Fitzgerald - The Very Best Of Ella Fitzgerald (CD) era they were available only in a gigantic box set or in radically altered reissues the latter minus the remastering.
That was rectified -- very gradually -- beginning in the late '90s, but The Very Best of the Song Books Shine - Ella Fitzgerald - The Very Best Of Ella Fitzgerald (CD) high marks because of how well it teases out the best material from the original 13 LPs. The Ella Fitzgerald version of these songs did not usually follow along with the standard versions of these fine old warhorses; her "Love for Sale" is surprisingly tender, and countless times she seems to follow a different trajectory with the notes she sings "Where or When" is a perfect example, Shine - Ella Fitzgerald - The Very Best Of Ella Fitzgerald (CD).
Meanwhile, the arrangers Buddy BregmanPaul WestonNelson Riddleand Billy May were unparalleled in their ability to spin new arrangements out of the occasional tired sheet.
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