In Budapest

In Budapest

by Ella Fitzgerald



Two things stand out on this previously unreleased concert recording from 1970: first, Ella's irrepressible energy and girlish sense of humor, which she indulges at every opportunity; second, her eclectic tastes, which allow her to follow Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll" with "Spinning Wheel," a Blood, Sweat & Tears song. And that's not to mention the Harry Nilsson number and the three Bacharach songs. There are the standard Ella showpieces that no audience would have let her leave out -- "Mack the Knife," "The Girl from Ipanema," "You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)" -- and she sings all of them with her typical flawless intonation and freewheeling allusiveness (only Ella could have figured out how to quote "Hello Dolly" in the middle of "Cabaret," or would have wanted to). Her trio is a dream team -- pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Frank DeLaRosa, and drummer Ed Thigpen. Overall, the program is a joyful celebration as only Ella could have created.

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