Ella Fitzgerald

1940-1941

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The sixth in Classics' six-CD series that completely reissues all of Ella Fitzgerald's early recordings has her final 23 performances as the head of what was formerly the Chick Webb Orchestra. Just 22 during most of this period, she is generally in superb voice and the ballads (highlighted by "Shake Down the Stars," "Taking a Chance on Love," "The One I Love" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man") are frequently exquisite; her expertise at scatting would come a few years later. It's recommended as are all of the entries in this valuable series (which is superior to GRP's Decca program).

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:48
2 3:03
3 3:13
4 3:12
5 3:05
6 3:09
7 3:08
8 2:43
9 2:40
10 2:34
11 2:32
12 3:02
13 3:04
14 2:28
15 3:05
16 3:09
17 3:04
18 2:33
19 3:07
20 2:40
21 2:55
22 2:44
23 2:45
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