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Love Letters from Ella
     

Love Letters from Ella

by Ella Fitzgerald
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Billboard - Philip Van Vleck
This is a charming album, presenting Fitzgerald in fine voice.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2007
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0888072302136
catalogNumber:
30213

Tracks

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
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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