We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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).
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517320642
  • Catalog Number: 000883302
  • Sales rank: 145,911

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A-Tisket, A-Tasket (2:37)
  2. 2 Lullaby of Birdland (2:55)
  3. 3 The Lady Is a Tramp - Queen Latifah (3:53)
  4. 4 Dream a Little Dream of Me - Diana Krall (4:35)
  5. 5 (If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini) (5:59)
  6. 6 Oh, Lady Be Good (3:14)
  7. 7 Reaching for the Moon (2:52)
  8. 8 Blues in the Night (5:00)
  9. 9 Miss Otis Regrets - Linda Ronstadt (3:12)
  10. 10 Someone to Watch Over Me - Gladys Knight (4:56)
  11. 11 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me - Etta James (4:19)
  12. 12 Angel Eyes - k.d. lang (5:14)
  13. 13 Too Close for Comfort - Michael Bublé (3:08)
  14. 14 You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder (4:17)
  15. 15 Airmail Special - Nikki Yanofsky (4:18)
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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
Al 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ella CD

    I actually was looking for a complete CD of Nikki Yanofsy songs and this was the only one that popped up on web site. Turns out there was only one song by her- still a good CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best

    Sung by some of today's top recording artists this cd will inspire you and remind you of why we all love Ella Fitzgerald in the first place
    Ella was on of the premiere jazz singers of her and our time, kudos to all of the singers on this tribute cd, if Ella where alive today she would be so proud!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We All Love Ella:Celebrating the First Lady of Song - a great CD!

    If you like Ella Fitzgerald and her style/genre of music, you will love this cd - Lots of great artists singing her music - plus a track of Ella singing with Stevie Wonder - listen to what Ella has to say about Stevie and his influence on music and the 'younger generation'. :)

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    Posted December 9, 2009

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