We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song

We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song

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by Ella Fitzgerald
     
 

No singer deserves tribute more than the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, and on We All Love Ella a clutch of today's top vocalists band together with producer Phil Ramone for a tuneful salute. Surveying some of Ella's signature songs, including "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "The Lady is a Tramp," and "Oh, Lady Be Good!," Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Queen LatifahSee more details below

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No singer deserves tribute more than the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, and on We All Love Ella a clutch of today's top vocalists band together with producer Phil Ramone for a tuneful salute. Surveying some of Ella's signature songs, including "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "The Lady is a Tramp," and "Oh, Lady Be Good!," Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Queen Latifah, and others pay loving homage, backed by original big-band charts played by a swinging studio ensemble. Fittingly, the disc is primarily a showcase for the ladies (k.d. lang, Etta James, and Liz Wright are some of the other featured singers), but there's room for gents, too, with tracks from Michael Bublé ("Too Close for Comfort") and -- as a special archival treat -- Stevie Wonder duetting with Ella ("You Are the Sunshine of My Life," recorded live in New Orleans in 1977).

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Despite her name on the cover and her photos in the credits, Ella Fitzgerald's shadow doesn't loom over this tribute album, which is a good thing. A succession of female vocalists (plus Michael Bublé and Stevie Wonder) pay tribute to Fitzgerald with their own interpretations of her best-known standards. Despite the fact that few of the singers originated with jazz vocals (most started in R&B), they're usually able to nod to Fitzgerald's greatness but also impart a degree of wisdom themselves. Virtually all of them appear in front of the same band, and the consistency helps the collection from being too scattered. From Natalie Cole's delighted "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" to young Nikki Yanofsky's scatting "Airmail Special," the vocalists each find something interesting to say. Highest points go to Dianne Reeves, whose "Oh, Lady Be Good" has the same sublime power as Fitzgerald's, and Queen Latifah, who finds the proper amount of sass to inject into "The Lady Is a Tramp."
Billboard - Gail Mitchell
Even more mesmerizing are the turns by newcomers Lizz Wright, Ledisi and amazing teen singer Nikki Yanofsky. Still, there's no topping the lady herself. Her sumptuous duet...rounds out this album of vocal treats.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517320642
catalogNumber:
000883302
Rank:
85608

Tracks

  1. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  2. Lullaby of Birdland
  3. The Lady Is a Tramp  - Queen Latifah
  4. Dream a Little Dream of Me  - Diana Krall
  5. (If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)
  6. Oh, Lady Be Good
  7. Reaching for the Moon
  8. Blues in the Night
  9. Miss Otis Regrets  - Linda Ronstadt
  10. Someone to Watch Over Me  - Gladys Knight
  11. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me  - Etta James
  12. Angel Eyes  - k.d. lang
  13. Too Close for Comfort  - Michael Bublé
  14. You Are the Sunshine of My Life  - Stevie Wonder
  15. Airmail Special  - Nikki Yanofsky

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Indexed Contributor
Alan Broadbent   Piano
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Hank Jones   Piano
Rodney Jones   Guitar
Rob Mounsey   Piano,Conductor
Tom Scott   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Russell Malone   Guitar
Walt Weiskopf   Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Nash   Drums
Josh Sklair   Guitar
Kevin Axt   Bass
Diane Barere   Cello
Elena Barere   Violin,Concert Master
Dave Bargeron   Euphonium
Curt Bisquera   Drums
Virgil Blackwell   Contra-alto Clarinet
Regina Carter   Violin
John Clayton   Bass,Conductor
Barry Danielian   Trumpet
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
Bruce Eidem   Tenor Trombone
John Fedchock   Tenor Trombone
David Finck   Bass
Kenneth Hitchcock   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Bob Hurst   Bass
Birch Johnson   Tenor Trombone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Ann Leathers   Violin
Richard Locker   Cello
Christian McBride   Bass
Jeff Mironov   Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar
Jim Pugh   Tenor Trombone
Roger Rosenberg   Baritone Saxophone
Pamela Sklar   Alto Flute
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Terry Trotter   Piano
Ellen Westerman   Cello
Gregg Field   Drums
Frank Greene   Trumpet
Craig Mumm   Viola
Anthony Wilson   Guitar
Roberta Cooper   Cello
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Dave Mann   Flute
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Charles Pillow   Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Anne Lehmann   Violin
Lawrence Glazener   Bass
David Chan   Violin
Vince Lionti   Viola
Timothy Cobb   Bass
Billy Childs Trio   Piano,Conductor
Jonathan Dinklage   Violin
Matthew Lehmann   Violin
Vesselin Gellev   Violin
Eugene Drucker   Violin
Katherine Fong   Violin
Desiree Elsevier   Viola
Catherine Ro   Violin
Gerald Clayton   Piano
Eva Burmeister   Violin
Bob Zimmitti   Vibes
Jeremy Turner   Cello
Stacey Shames   Harp

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Charlie Christian   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Rob Mounsey   Arranger
George Shearing   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Fabian André   Composer
John Boylan   Producer
John Clayton   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
Alan Feldman   Composer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jesse Greer   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
George Massenburg   Producer,Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Author
Bob Russell   Composer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Schmitt   Engineer
Wilbur Schwandt   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Steve Genewick   Digital Editing
Sam Coslow   Composer
Earl Brent   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Brian Dozoretz   Digital Editing
Mark Valentine   Engineer
Billy Childs Trio   Arranger
Larry Holofcener   Composer
Kazumi Matsumoto   Graphic Design
Bryan Pugh   Digital Editing
Missy Webb   Digital Editing

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