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With the German WDR Big Band behind her, pop vocalist Patti Austin salutes Ella Fitzgerald with a collection of songs from the jazz singer’s repertoire. Though influenced more by Dinah Washington than by Fitzgerald, Austin’s big and beautiful voice sounds delightful with a large orchestra. And she obviously loves Fitzgerald’s style, as she illustrates on the heartfelt tribute “Hearing Ella Sing.” Another standout is “How High the Moon,” where Austin’s scat section is perfectly balanced with the band. She swings through “Too Close for Comfort” and “Honeysuckle Rose” while giving “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” “But Not for Me,” and “Miss Otis Regrets” late-night ballad ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
With the German WDR Big Band behind her, pop vocalist Patti Austin salutes Ella Fitzgerald with a collection of songs from the jazz singer’s repertoire. Though influenced more by Dinah Washington than by Fitzgerald, Austin’s big and beautiful voice sounds delightful with a large orchestra. And she obviously loves Fitzgerald’s style, as she illustrates on the heartfelt tribute “Hearing Ella Sing.” Another standout is “How High the Moon,” where Austin’s scat section is perfectly balanced with the band. She swings through “Too Close for Comfort” and “Honeysuckle Rose” while giving “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” “But Not for Me,” and “Miss Otis Regrets” late-night ballad readings. Over the years Austin has had trouble finding a place in the popular music arena, but it wouldn’t be surprising if this set put her on the jazz circuit. She is certainly classy -- and talented -- enough for it.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Patti Austin is well qualified to record an album in the style of Ella Fitzgerald, having spent her career shadowing the paths taken by Fitzgerald and her contemporaries. Although she has worked in R&B-oriented adult pop much of the time, she is clearly in the tradition of Fitzgerald, and in 1988 she even recorded an album of standards that she tellingly titled The Real Me. For Ella easily could be the sequel to that collection. Austin traveled to Köln, Germany, to record a program of songs associated with Fitzgerald with the WDR Big Band conducted by Patrick Williams. Many of the songs, of course, are just ones Fitzgerald happened to sing but that have broader associations as well, such as George & Ira Gershwin's "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and "The Man I Love," though others, such as "A Tisket a Tasket," inevitably evoke Fitzgerald. Austin does not, for the most part, attempt to sing in Fitzgerald's style, giving listeners her own interpretations that, in Williams' neo-swing arrangements, nevertheless hark back to the 1950s. That's fine for the most part, though the version of "Miss Otis Regrets," which treats it as a gospel performance in the manner of Mahalia Jackson, without the slightest touch of humor, is a misstep. On two occasions, Austin does copy Fitzgerald, re-creating the scat sections of "You'll Have to Swing It Mr. Paganini" and "How High the Moon." That obviates the problem of having to compete with Fitzgerald on her greatest improvisational triumphs, but it's a technical achievement of an odd sort. Austin is better off putting her own stamp on the songs; that she does very well.
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  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: PLAYBOY JAZZ
  • UPC: 013431750321
  • Catalog Number: 7503

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patti Austin Primary Artist, Vocals
Patrick Williams Conductor
John Goldsby Bass
Dave Horler Trombone
Rick Kiefer Trumpet
Koji Paul Shigihara Guitar
Gregg Field Drums, Drums, Drum Sticks
Rob Bruynen Trumpet
Andy Haderer Trumpet
Bernt Laukamp Trombone
Klaus Osterloh Trumpet
Olivier Peters Saxophone
Rolf Romer Saxophone
Harold Rosenstein Saxophone
Heiner Wiberny Saxophone
Frank Chastenier Piano
Jens Neufang Saxophone
Ludwig Nuss Trombone
Lucas Schmid Trombone, Bass Trombone
Albert Jung Cello, Celli
Mischa Salevic Violin, Concert Master
Caroline Harrison Violin
Manuela Belchior Violin
Ursula Maria Berg Violin
Stephan Blaumer Viola
Adrian Bleyer Violin
Koenraad Ellegiers Violin
Wilfried Engel Viola
Tilmann Fischer Cello, Celli
Colin Harrison Violin
Georg Heimbach Cello, Celli
Bernhard Oll Viola
Dirk Otte Violin
Ingmar Püschel Violin
Katja Püschel Viola
Ulrike Schäfer Cello, Celli
Christoph Seybold Violin
Kai Stowasser Viola
Chizuko Takahashi Violin
Sonja Wiedebusch Violin
Chiharu Yuki Violin
Johannes Oppelcz Violin
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Patti Austin Liner Notes
Patrick Williams Arranger, Producer
WDR Big Band Contributor
Milton Ager Composer
Bob Bigelow Composer
John Burk Executive Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
Don Murray Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Jack Yellen Composer
Gregg Field Producer
Wolfgang Hirschmann Producer, Engineer
Carol Friedman Cover Photo
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Charles Bates Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Albert Jung String Contractor
Michael Hock Recording Assistant
Hugh M. Hefner Liner Notes
Andrea R. Nelson Art Direction
Norbert Ommer Sound Reinforcement
Seth Presant Engineer
Thomas Sehringer Recording Assistant
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Patti Austin: my favorite diva for the millenium

    Quincy Jones has introduced in the past decades many new voices and Patti was one of those.We should pay justice to Q as all of them had talent.However it's quite a difficult task to get rid of Jones'protegeé association.Patti always proved to be free of such task.That album shows that she has her own spotlight ...bighter and brighter.A must-have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank You, Finally!

    Patti Austin has been a voice that has been impactful to artists and fans for many years. This recording, FOR ELLA, is the culmination of all of the years of life a singer brings to the table to create a recording that becomes a classic by which all others to follow will be measured. Ms. Austin demonstrates a level and understanding of the genre that would be impossible for a younger artist to understand. This is the quintessential Patti Austin...

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