Ella Fitzgerald - Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book - Review
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George and Ira Gershwin are probably the songwriters who have contributed the most standards to the American repertory, and Fitzgerald covers pretty much all of them in this mammoth enterprise. (The 53 songs were recorded in 1959 and originally came out in a five-LP box set.) Considering the scope of this collection, naming titles would be futile: rest assured that your favourite Gershwin tune is likely to be included. The singer's well-known versatility and musicality are in evidence, but what's especially amazing is the complete symbiosis between her and arranger/conductor Nelson Riddle. Fresh off injecting a shot of swing into Sinatra's career, Riddle enhances Fitzgerald's vocals rather than overwhelming them, and Fitzgerald, in turn, is stimulated by the musicians percolating behind her. Pure genius.

Elisabeth Vincentelli
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