Love Letters from Ella

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Observing what would have been Ella Fitzgerald's 90th birthday, Concord and its Starbucks partner raided Concord's Pablo vaults and patched together this somewhat brief 40-minute collection of outtakes and virtual collaborations, hoping for another synergetic success. Ella is in fine late-period 1973-1983 form some shakiness in the later songs aside, the remastered sound is big and razor-sharp, and the material is impeccable. Four of the ten tracks have been subjected to 2007-vintage overdubbing in London's Abbey Road Studios by the London Symphony Orchestra, with plush arrangements from co-producer Jorge Calandrelli. Technically, the experiment works about as well as...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Observing what would have been Ella Fitzgerald's 90th birthday, Concord and its Starbucks partner raided Concord's Pablo vaults and patched together this somewhat brief 40-minute collection of outtakes and virtual collaborations, hoping for another synergetic success. Ella is in fine late-period 1973-1983 form some shakiness in the later songs aside, the remastered sound is big and razor-sharp, and the material is impeccable. Four of the ten tracks have been subjected to 2007-vintage overdubbing in London's Abbey Road Studios by the London Symphony Orchestra, with plush arrangements from co-producer Jorge Calandrelli. Technically, the experiment works about as well as Concord's earlier attempt to overdub the current Count Basie Orchestra over Ray Charles; the seams are inaudible. Although the liner notes claim that everything here is unreleased, "I've Got the World on a String" -- a starkly intimate duet with guitarist Joe Pass when heard on the album Fitzgerald and Pass...Again -- sounds like the released take with a rhythm section and the LSO grafted on. The results transport Ella from a living room into Carnegie Hall, so to speak, completely altering the mood and intent of the original. The best moments come when Ella and pianist André Previn -- then on holiday from leading the Pittsburgh Symphony -- have some civilized fun chasing each other on the scat portion of "Our Love Is Here to Stay," and when the Basie band with the Count on hand and Ella swing mightily in "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone." There is also one non-orchestrated, midtempo duet with Pass "The One I Love [Belongs to Somebody Else]". Though offering short weight at full price, this CD of addenda to the Era of Ella should find an appreciative audience in the coffee checkout line.
Billboard - Philip Van Vleck
This is a charming album, presenting Fitzgerald in fine voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2007
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072302136
  • Catalog Number: 30213
  • Sales rank: 175,820

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone - Count Basie & His Orchestra (2:28)
  2. 2 Cry Me a River (5:10)
  3. 3 You Turned the Tables on Me (3:48)
  4. 4 I've Got the World on a String - Joe Pass (4:14)
  5. 5 Witchcraft (2:58)
  6. 6 My Old Flame - Scott Hamilton (4:15)
  7. 7 The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else) - Joe Pass (3:02)
  8. 8 Take Love Easy - Joe Pass (5:35)
  9. 9 Our Love Is Here to Stay - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (4:58)
  10. 10 Some Other Spring - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist
London Symphony Orchestra Guest Appearance
Count Basie Piano
Freddie Green Guitar
Scott Hamilton Saxophone
Pete Minger Trumpet
Joe Pass Guitar, Guest Appearance
André Previn Piano, Guest Appearance
John Chiodini Guitar
Chuck Berghofer Bass, Bass Guitar
Ray Brown Trumpet
Jorge Calandrelli Piano
John Clayton Bass, Bass Guitar
Sonny Cohn Trumpet
Eric Dixon Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Saxophone
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Bass, Bass Guitar
Kenny Hing Saxophone
Bill Hughes Trombone
Nick Ingman Conductor
Michael Lang Piano
Warren Luening Trumpet
Butch Miles Drums
Bobby Plater Saxophone
Nolan Andrew Smith Trumpet
Danny Turner Saxophone
Mel Wanzo Trombone
Michael Booty Wood Trombone
Gregg Field Drums
Count Basie Orchestra Guest Appearance
Carmine Lauri Concert Master
Dennis Wilson Quintet Trombone
Keiron Moore Oboe
Christine Pendrill English Horn
Dennis Wilson Trombone
Keiron Moore Oboe
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Ella Fitzgerald Author
Harold Arlen Composer
Benny Carter Arranger
Norman Granz Producer
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Arthur Hamilton Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
John Latouche Composer
Dick Lewzey Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Sam H. Stept Composer
Gregg Field Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Arthur Johnston Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Sidney Clare Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Sidney Mitchell Composer
Bill Airey Smith Engineer
Andrew Pham Art Direction
Marcus Barcham Stevens Concert Manager
Irene Kitchings Composer
Steven Stolder Liner Notes
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