Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ella Fitzgerald:Remembering The Jazz Giants: Chapter Three

The Third Chapter of "The Jazz Giants"highlights Ella Fitzgerald. I would like to start with a quote from Ira Gershwin, "I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them". Ella's voice was soft as velvet and yet she could swing with the best!  She was the "Queen of scat" and handled lyrics like they were part of her own life story. She made so many great recordings, it was quite difficult to pick just two but here are my choices.  The first youTube video is of Ella singing "Time After Time".  This song was recorded on July 20, 1966 with the Marty Paich Orchestra. Marty did a great job with the arrangement for Ella just as he did many times for Mel Torme'. I don't think Marty ever received the credit he deserved for the great body of work he produced. Make no mistake; he was in the same class as Nelson Riddle and Hank Mancini in my opinion.
The second youTube I selected is from the album Ella made in 1960, "Ella-Live In Berlin".  Ella sings "Mack The Knife" and what makes this live recording exceptional is that at one part during the song, Ella forgot part of the lyric and beautifully improvised her way through it.  Enjoy!

                                                      Ella Sings "Time After Time"

                                                       Ella sings "Mack The Knife"

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