Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book

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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Verve

Entertainment Reviews:

JazzTimes - p.114
"[W]hen Fitzgerald, at the absolute apex of her vocal powers, is solvin' that swingin' Riddle, it's unsurpassed quality, not quantity, that matters."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $1.291.Let's Begin
  • Buy for $1.292.A Fine Romance
  • Buy for $1.293.All the Things You Are
  • Buy for $1.294.I'll Be Hard to Handle
  • Buy for $1.295.You Couldn't Be Cuter
  • Buy for $1.296.She Didn't Say "Yes"
  • Buy for $1.297.I'm Old Fashioned
  • Buy for $1.298.Remind Me
  • Buy for $1.299.The Way You Look Tonight
  • Buy for $1.2910.Yesterdays
  • Buy for $1.2911.Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
  • Buy for $1.2912.Why Was I Born?
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Product Description:

Conducted by Nelson Riddle.
Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Robert Bain (guitar); Nathan Ross (violin); Ray Kramer (cello); Plas Johnson (tenor saxophone); Shorty Sherock (trumpet); Dick Nash (trombone); Paul Smith (piano); Joe Comfort (bass instrument); Alvin Stoller (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Benny Green ; James Gavin.
Arranger: Nelson Riddle.
Ella Fitzgerald is rightfully adored for her superb, often-definitive interpretations of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, and Gershwin tunes, which are well documented in her Song Book series. The addition of Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book to Fitzgerald's discography is welcome. Recorded in 1963, the album proves Fitzgerald's voice as golden as ever. Yet age was beginning to color her singing a bit, and that texture adds a beautiful dimension to songs like the dark "Why Was I Born?" and the yearning "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man." Nelson Riddle's charts are typically smart and swinging, with a lush, full sound that balances punch and lyricism. Fitzgerald's ebullient delivery and honey-rich timbre bring out the humor of "A Fine Romance," the wistfulness of "I'm Old Fashioned," and the tender romance of "The Way You Look Tonight," putting her distinctive stamp on each. It's sure to please fans of Kern and big-band standards, and for aficionados of Fitzgerald's other Song Book albums, this is a must. ~ Anthony Tognazzini

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  • UPC: 075021034754
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