19 September, 2011

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella a Nice (1971)

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella a Nice (1971)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 205MB
A 1971 live recording, from when Ella Fitzgerald was still at the peak of her vocal powers, Ella à Nice isn't one of the vocalist's all-time greatest live recordings, but it's a very nice set placing her in the company in which she felt most comfortable, a simple piano/bass/drums trio led by her longtime musical partner, Tommy Flanagan. Most of the set list's time is taken up by themed medleys such as "Aspects of Duke," "The Bossa Scene," and "The Many Faces of Cole Porter" that are perfectly nice but, as medleys tend to be, a little disappointing. One would rather hear Ella work her magic on the entirety of "The Girl From Ipanema" or "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me" than be teased with a verse and chorus. On the other hand, the opening "Night and Day" is simply outstanding. Opening slowly with an extended vamp by Flanagan and bassist Frank DeLaRosa, the song settles gracefully into a mellow groove, with Ella's patented scat solo a marvel of melodic improvisation. Though little in the following ten tracks reaches those heights (this was toward the end of that phase when Ella was unwisely covering pop hits of the day, and the set includes her takes on "Something" and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," not to mention the actually entirely appropriate and well-done "Close to You"), Ella à Nice is an entirely pleasant diversion.

-01. "Night and Day" (Cole Porter) – 6:43
-02. "The Many Faces of Cole Porter: Get Out of Town, You'd Be So Easy to Love, You Do Something to Me" (Porter) – 5:22
-03. "The Ballad Medley: Body and Soul, The Man I Love, I Loves You Porgy (Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour)/(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)/(G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) – 4:42
-04. "The Bossa Scene: The Girl from Ipanema, Fly Me to the Moon, O Nosso Amor, Madalena, Agua de Beber" (Jobim, N Gimbel, V de Moraes)/(B Howard)/(Jobim, de Moraes)/(Jobim, R Monteiro de Souza)/(Jobim, de Moraes) – 5:35
-05. "Summertime" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 2:36
-06. "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) – 4:14
-07. "Aspects of Duke: Mood Indigo, Do Nothing till You Hear from Me, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)/(Ellington, Bob Russell)/(Ellington, Mills) – 7:16
-08. "Something" (George Harrison) – 3:33
-09. "St. Louis Blues" (W.C. Handy) – 2:59
-10. "Close to You" (Al Hoffman, Carl G. Lampl, Jerry Livingston) –2:45
-11. "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" (Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday, Randy Myers) – 4:29
Recorded July 21, 1971, in Nice, France

* Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals
* Tommy Flanagan - Piano
* Frank DeLaRosa - Double Bass
* Ed Thigpen - drums


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