Born into poverty in the town of Newport News, Virginia (1917) - Ella Fitzgerald (IMO) ranks right up there as being one of the greatest, female, jazz vocalists of all time.
A multiple music-award winner - Ella's career as a singer began in 1935 when she was just 17.
This top-notch CD contains 16 tracks in all which were recorded by Ella (along with accompanying musicians) in the years from 1938-1963.
Many of these tunes were penned by some of the most notable songwriters of the day, such as - Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and George & Ira Gershwin.
Two of my favourite tracks are - "Mack The Knife" and "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" (*Be sure to watch music-video*).
*Note* - In 1996 - Ella Fitzgerald (79 at the time) died due to extremely poor health.
Most of the songs are upbeat; under-represented are the sad, tender, mournful and nostalgic songs. I most liked tracks 8, 9, and especially 12, as well as the ones that featured scatting, tracks 11 and 14.
Swing it with Ella and a big band orchestra.
VERY GOOD 18 cut compilation of Ella's songs from late 30's to early 60's. Many famous songs with Ella accompanied by big bands and combos captures her change in style over the decades.
My favorite was 1957's 'Oh, Lady, Be Good' with fab scatting/singing by Ella.
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