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Dear Ella
     

Dear Ella

by Dee Dee Bridgewater
 

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Bridgewater's heartfelt tribute to Ella Fitzgerald is a resounding testament not only to the legendary jazz vocal icon, but also to Bridgewater's own faithful singing style, rich in Ella's tonal quality particularly on the high end. Her inflections are also quite natural, rather than self-effacing or forced. Some of the tracks vary in group size, as duo (with Kenny

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Bridgewater's heartfelt tribute to Ella Fitzgerald is a resounding testament not only to the legendary jazz vocal icon, but also to Bridgewater's own faithful singing style, rich in Ella's tonal quality particularly on the high end. Her inflections are also quite natural, rather than self-effacing or forced. Some of the tracks vary in group size, as duo (with Kenny Burrell), trio (with Lou Levy leading on piano), or combo (with Milt Jackson, Antonio Hart, Grady Tate, Slide Hampton, and brother Cecil Bridgewater). Nine of the total 13 cuts have big-band backing, or orchestral settings arranged and conducted by John Clayton. "Midnight Sun" is perhaps the best of all ballads, and here Dee Dee sings with ravishingly lush, near-frightening efficiency. She cops Ella best on "Stairway to the Stars," with the piano trio leading and strings following along. She picks up on Ella's cutesiness for "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," while starting balladic, then swinging well during "Mr Paganini." Brother/trumpeter/arranger Cecil writes a neat call-and-response with horns and the singer on "Undecided," and they wail together in convincing, authentic fashion on "Lady Be Good." Andre Cecceralli, with the trio on "Mack the Knife," adds a dash of contemporary flavor. Bridgewater's finale "Dear Ella" is the end-all tribute with guitarist Burrell only as accompanist and author. They thank the legend for her enormous contributions which need no additional comment. This is certainly Dee Dee Bridgewater's most ambitious, and finest recorded production. You have to appreciate the reality of Fitzgerald's influence on thousands of musicians, but on this CD, it all comes home to roost. Highly recommended, for the singer's attitude and the brilliant backup musicians who nod in total agreement.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/2010
Label:
Emarcy
UPC:
0602527298269
catalogNumber:
001388902
Rank:
3323

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dee Dee Bridgewater   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bill Easley   Horn,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Slide Hampton   Trombone,Conductor
Antonio Hart   Horn,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Cecil Bridgewater   Trumpet,Conductor
Lou Levy   Piano
Grady Tate   Drums
André Ceccarelli   Drums
Clarence Banks   Trombone,Horn,Soloist
Ray Brown   Double Bass
Kenny Burrell   Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Clayton   Alto Saxophone
John Clayton   Conductor
Patience Higgins   Baritone Saxophone
Virgil Jones   Trumpet,Horn,Soloist
Benny Powell   Trombone
Byron Stripling   Trumpet
Ron Tooley   Trumpet
Diego Urcola   Trumpet
T. Williams   Violin
Teodross Avery   Tenor Saxophone
R. Jowitt   Clarinet
Tony Pleeth   Cello
A. Hakin   Percussion
A. Wallbank   Bass Clarinet
J. Rothstein   Violin
J. Underwood   Viola
R. Morgan   Oboe
T. Kelly   Clarinet
Doug Purviance   Bass Trombone
Bob Trowers   Trombone

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Slide Hampton   Arranger
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Cecil Bridgewater   Arranger
Lou Levy   Arranger
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Barry Bongiovi   Management
Dee Dee Bridgewater   Liner Notes
Sonny Burke   Composer
Kenny Burrell   Arranger,Composer
John Clayton   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Keith Grant   Engineer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Donna Kloepfer   Assistant Management
Paula Salvatore   Management,Booking
Ted Kurland   Booking
Van "Al Feldman" Alexander   Composer
Colette Barber   Management
Sid Robin   Composer
Feldman   Composer
Olivier Casays   Booking
Rod Eaton   Engineer
Stephanie Brayman   Booking

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